Training programme funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) provided new skills and a positive mindset for practitioner. By Sara Williams

Experienced workplace wellbeing consultant and business owner, Tracy Turner was able to develop a new service thanks to skills support from NBSL’s latest skills programme, Better Business Skills. Better Business Skills has been devised and developed by NBSL in conjunction with the North of Tyne Combined Authority to help re-invigorate businesses to confidently develop their abilities and skillset across the business.

Tracy was able to think differently about her offer – identifying her goals, understanding her market and how she could communicate with her clients in a more direct way. With a refreshed approach, Tracy has been able to redefine her services with her customers in mind – identifying needs and ensuring her wellbeing services are promoted in a supportive manner and with one in six workers suffer from anxiety, depression and unmanageable stress each year – it come become useful to businesses across the North East.

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, log on to

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