Another great year for the Captured Programme

From February to September 2018, we welcomed over 30 local small and micro firms onto the Captured programme. Over the course of the workshops we got to know the people behind the business and understand their individual challenges and opportunities.

Participants worked with managers from large organisations including; HSBCGo North EastIBMFaithful + GouldDAC BeachcroftBorgWarnerNexus and Virgin Money.

It is always a pleasure to see participants grow and flourish as a result of taking part in the programme and to see the new connections between fellow participants and the managers develop.

Here are a few comments from participants:

I think Captured came at a really good time for me and the business. It’s enabled me to gain some traction developing our business plan and I’m better able to articulate the vision (and what it means!) to my fellow business partners and employees.


It was great to reflect on my current company performance and get an independent view-point from an industry professional of a larger company. My mentor helped me to view the organisational aspect of my company in a very pragmatic way and help to structure how it can move forward in an efficient manner. The only downsize to the programme is that it wasn’t long enough!


I would describe Captured to a small firm owner as well worth undertaking as you find out things about yourself that you probably know but felt uncomfortable facing/dealing with. You get challenged by the manager and [the team] make sure you have the right manager to challenge you.


Working on your business as opposed to in your business is time that is very well spent. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to spend that precious time with a mentor from a large company, working within a framework that has been developed by Newcastle University Business School? It helps to achieve clarity about your current business position and a plan of how to best scale-up in the future.


The Captured team are busy planning the next round of the programme, the dates and venues of which can be found here.

If you would like to be considered for Captured, please complete the application form

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Project Lead Fiona Whitehurst or Project Coordinator Jo Singh


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