A factory worker is set to move into management thanks to the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA). By Sara Williams

Marine Safety Supplies factory floor supervisor Fabian Scott needed to develop his business skills to grow his role in the North Tyneside offshore safety equipment business.

Working with enterprise and business support agency NBSL’s latest skills programme, Better Business Skills, created in conjunction with the NTCA, a tailored programme was developed to help increase Fabian’s management and leadership skills as well as improving his sales techniques and operational effectiveness.


Marine Safety Supplies – global marine safety equipment operators specialising in the design and manufacture of ladders such as embarkation ladders and pilot ladders along with safety equipment including life rafts, lifejackets, immersion suits and rescue boats – are embarking on a period of change in the business.

Fabian, having completed several sessions on the programme including sales techniques, customer service, process improvement and leadership helped boost his confidence in his skill base.

“It was great to be able to access this fully funded scheme and give myself time to explore and develop my management skills. My advice – do it, its online, its fully funded and easy to understand. Best of all, I get the benefits of experts guiding me – with useful advice on how to implement my new skills into the business” said Fabian Scott.

Better Business Skills has been devised and developed by NBSL in conjunction with the NTCA to help re-invigorate businesses to confidently develop their abilities and skillset in business. Exclusively available to businesses – and individuals – across Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside & Northumberland, each participant receives tailored plan following analysis of the business and skills needs. The plan identifies opportunities and challenges prior to attending any sessions.

Additional support sessions through peer groups are also developed to help best practice and an opportunity to get to know like-minded businesses for continued support. To access a place on this skills scheme, funded by the North of Tyne, log on to www.nbsl.org.uk/better-business-skills. The NTCA is a combined authority with an elected mayor that was created in November 2018, when Parliament signed off on a £600 million devolution deal bringing Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside councils together in an unprecedented transfer of power and investment from Westminster to the North East. It is tasked with initiating projects to boost growth, create jobs, and create a more green, inclusive economy.

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll was elected on a promise to support communities in the North of Tyne to create and build wealth, then keep that wealth in the region.

Mayor Jamie Driscoll in an allotment

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll