About - Enterprise Made Simple

About Us

Enterprise Made Simple was established in 2008 with the goal to make enterprise, starting a business and growing a business, as simple as possible. We innovate and deliver our work in a simple, straightforward manner, to help developing businesses and business owners Start, Grow and Succeed.

We are a fully Accredited Training Provider working with a wide range of organisations. Results are how are orientated, not just reaching but exceeding any target set. That's why we are one of the top enterprise organisations in the UK.

We have helped thousands of new businesses and entrepreneurs succeed in establishing themselves in local and international markets. We have an exceptional record in providing sound businesses advice and training, allowing already established businesses to grow and achieve greater success. We are committed to providing genuine hands-on support, impartial advice, training and specialist knowledge to help you start or grow your business.

Our Services

What We Offer

  • Information, advice and training for new and established businesses.

  • Professional courses to enhance each learner's skills for best practice both now and in the future.

  • Accredited training courses through renowned awarding bodies.

  • Flexibility to deliver our courses at your workplace or our chosen venues.

  • Tailor made courses to suit your business or industry.

  • Training, writing and delivering innovative and award-winning training courses.

  • Raising finance for businesses, both start-up and expanding businesses.

  • Retailing products and services need when starting or growing a business.

  • Partnership working; working with other businesses, delivering results on their behalf.

Our Communities Thoughts

  • Andrea Gilbertson
    I'm still buzzing from last weekend !!! Thankfully I've been able to keep hold of the energy from last weekend & run with it, and that's mainly down to the support of a fab bunch of people !! I definitely think the course has given me a bit more self-belief and I loved looking at the business from different angles and different areas and to get feedback from people who aren't just your regular friends telling you your business idea is great but then not necessarily giving any more input than that, the whole weekend was brilliant to receive and give support to like-minded people with a lot of genuine oomph & enthusiasm !!!
    Andrea Gilbertson
  • Chloe Hart
    What I expected from the weekend was some useful information. What I got from the weekend was Fantastic training, much new networking connections, a clear path to grow my business and a lot of laughs. Thank you, Carol and James, for doing such a superb job!
    Chloe Hart
  • Tracy Burleigh
    What an absolutely, mind-blowing, amazing weekend.
    When I found out, everything I needed to know about this course, it was obviously the right time because straight away I said: "how do I book!"
    I am guilty, as are many of us, of not spending enough time 'on' my business, and being a business consultant I really felt I needed to do for my business, what I do for my clients.
    This certainly looked like the perfect opportunity to do just that... And it was!
    Over the 3 days, I learned so much (much more than I expected was possible)
    The wealth of knowledge (and energy) that trainers Carol and James have is just bonkers! They are so passionate about what they do it really shows.
    Their delivery method is fun and relaxed and easy to understand which is my preferred learning style.
    however I'm not saying these 3 days were just a jolly because trust me, they worked us "hard" but it was so worth it!
    Having 3 full days to really concentrate and work on MY business with the support of these 2, and 40 odd other amazing business owners.....priceless!
    Would I do it all again? hell yes! Would I recommend it to anyone who hears about it and to whom it seems interesting? yes yes yes!
    If you are pondering as to if its right for you...speak to one of the team! if it sounds "at all" interesting go for it! .......ps they have sweets and there is coffee on tap inc you can do it :0)
    Tracy Burleigh
  • Liz Cornish
    For anybody running a small business who goes cold at the thought of business planning or developing a social media marketing programme....this is the course for you. It is fast-paced and engaging, packing in a mass of useful information, delivered by trainers who really know what they are talking about. Can't recommend it strongly enough!
    Liz Cornish
  • Mamta Scally
    Thank you again for such an inspirational weekend!!!
    The weekend was epic and totally exceeded my expectations. I firmly believe it will change my life (for the good!)
    Mamta Scally
  • Laura Richardson
    WOW! The GFG weekend exceeded all of my expectations. It was interactive, focused and fun with lots of experience and support in the room from not only the trainers but the delegates too. I have come away with my toolkit full ready to develop my business to the next level.
    Laura Richardson
  • Sofia Massingberd-Mundy
    I got talking to Andrea at a recent networking event and she gave me details surrounding the Going for Growth fully funded training weekend. My first thought was - it’s free, so what’s the catch? To put it simply, there isn’t one! The course is excellent for start-ups or SME's looking for ways in which to grow their business. The weekend gives you time to sit and focus on your business, your approach, your routes to market and your procedures whilst also considering future growth and putting a plan in place to achieve it. The support from others, networking and opportunities for collaboration are an added bonus. Nic and Carol were our trainers and both had a wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiring case studies. Overall a great weekend in a beautiful location with lovely food and an amazing yet eclectic group of people!
    Sofia Massingberd-Mundy
    Digifish Ltd
  • Chris Gill
    Carol and the team at Enterprise Made Simple delivered an outstanding Going for Growth training course. They brought a perfect blend of experience, insight, anecdote and humour to exceed all of my objectives for the weekend. Carol and Nic were extremely generous in sharing their longstanding experience of social media and business development and created a genuinely collaborative environment for a diverse bunch of businesses and business owners to come together and participate - I might add that it was cracking cohort of people brought together by chance but supported by highly skilled facilitators. While this was fully funded training I would have no hesitation in investing our money buying additional training from Carol and her team
    Chris Gill
    J C Gill and Co Ltd
  • Samantha Jennings
    Reassuring, challenging, social and an inspirational catalyst for growth. As a sole trading working from home it's challenging to find time out of the day-to-day running of my business to think ahead and plan for the future. As a first-time business owner, I also worry that I am 'doing it right'. Attending the Going for Growth course gave me the reassurance that yes, I am on the right track, and helped to plug those gaps in my knowledge and skills. As a result, I have made changes to ensure my business is built on solid foundations and the basics are right and comply with the correct legislation. The key thing that Going for Growth provided for me was creating that 'time out' from my business, giving me the opportunity to plan for business growth and work ON my business. The course was intense and challenging, but very informative. I enjoyed using real-life examples from my own business as evidence in the workbooks, making the training real and relevant to me. The trainers were knowledgeable and experienced in their fields, they were extremely inspiring people. As were the other 40 participants, the course is a wonderful opportunity for networking alongside the obvious benefits of gaining a qualification and personal development. I highly recommend this course to other small business owners, I look forward to attending more training with Enterprise Made Simple in the future.
    Samantha Jennings
    Made by Mummy Markets
  • Andrew Calder
    I attended Boost Your Business in Newcastle last weekend. As a small business owner looking to increase my understanding of enterprise, I signed up for the residential course thinking I could learn a thing or two about my business and how to grow it and hopefully develop some new skills digital comms techniques.  As it turned out I didn’t learn a thing or two, I learned absolutely loads! We must have crammed a couple of terms worth of work into 3 days, it was full on, intense, but absolutely brilliant. The trainers were first class, they really knew their stuff, were friendly and approachable and made the course extremely enjoyable. When I got home on the Sunday I thought I’d strike while the iron was hot and, using four newly discovered social media resources and techniques from the course, I schedule a tweet for the following day which led to an immediate lead and (fingers crossed) new business. The accommodation was good, excellent food and really lovely people on the course, all of whom we’ll try to keep in touch with. Thank you again Nic and Penni and see you again on future training
    Andrew Calder
    Calder's Kitchen
  • Nathan Platt
    Firstly let me just start with this, if for no other reason to go on this course, you will learn that there are others out there who feel the pressure as you do. The trainers will guide you through the mind field of learning how to let go, how to outsource and share their business knowledge with you freely.
    Nathan Platt
    Solidblueliquid Hosting
  • James Anderson
    I really enjoyed this residential training course it was good to take a break from the normal work/life routine and concentrate on my business growth! I learned a lot of new skills to help my business that I would never have known existed. I will definitely recommend this course! James Anderson Next Dimension Virtual Reality
    James Anderson
    Next Dimension VR
  • Jan
    You inspired, entertained, educated and supported whilst controlling the interaction with the lightest of touches so that not one second dragged.
  • Rae Farmer
    This course has helped me in so many ways both personally and professionally.
    Rae Farmer
  • Lindsey Grieves
    I would recommend this course to anyone who is just starting their business, wanting to expand or needs advice and guidance in certain areas.
    Lindsey Grieves
  • Christopher Pearcey
    I cannot thank you enough for the four day course I have to admit that every morning I take a big gulp and swallow that little green frog.
    Christopher Pearcey
  • Kathryn Barnes
    I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the other trainers for a life-changing weekend as I think you were absolutely fantastic.
    Kathryn Barnes
    Bookkeeping Counts
We have managed to train over 4000 business this year through fully funded training! When are you going to sign up? There isn't much funding left!
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Meet the Team

Phil Teasdale

Chief Executive

Chief Executive and overall company development, as well as ad-hoc training

Cathy Rutherford

Financial Director

Responsible for finance and all back office functions

Andrea Clarke


Responsible for networking and recruitment of staff

Carol Metcalfe

Director of Training

Responsible for all accredited and non-accredited training courses.

Penni Samter-Smith


Training delivery and support.

Nic Calvert


Training delivery and support.

Nick Wetherell

Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

Social Media delivery and marketing support.

James Lane

Digital Trainer

Digital skills trainer - Google Partner - Hootsuite Ambassador

Heather Nicholson

Administrative Support

Administrative support across projects, based at head office

Chloe Fysh

Administrative Support

Administrative support across projects, based at head office

Claire Bessford

Senior Business Advisor

Responsible for one to one and one too many business sessions. Qualified Accountant.

Amey-Rose Grogan

Business Advisor

Responsible for one to one business support across the North East.

Kathryn Clarke

Business Development Officer

Responsible for networking and meeting clients

Maureen Gilfoyle

Internal Verifier

Verifying company documents for various providers.