I wanted to hate Entrepreneurial Spark, Newcastle when I first joined their entrepreneurial enablement programme earlier in the year.

Being an established business we’d taken advantage of the odd free workshop or short course and we outsource skills we need, and so far have grown our business organically. We’d never taken any longer term support but I’m pleased to say that I’m so glad we did.

Listening to clients’ issues and challenges surrounding marketing and advertising and helping them create strategies and campaigns is what we do day in day out at Vicki Stone Marketing. In doing so, clients often move out of their comfort zone of sticking with what they’ve always done and try something bold and new.

That’s exactly what I did when I started Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by Natwest.

Time is something that as a busy small business owner I don’t have much of.

The 3 month sprint has enabled me to take a step back, think clearly and plan longer term for my business, which has proved invaluable.

Since starting my 60 second pitch has vastly improved, I’ve jumped right into a piranha pit to challenge some issues I was having and have met lots of other lovely like-minded startup and scaleup businesses.

I have a clearer vision for my business and we’re engaging with and winning more business.

Thanks again Entrepreneurial Spark Newcastle #GoDo