Northumberland woman goes full circle as trainee becomes trainer

Lara MellorLara Mellor
Lara Mellor
A Warkworth woman has come full circle with the Business Northumberland programme.

Lara Mellor has secured a three year contract to help improve the digital skills of small and medium sized businesses with Microsoft Office Software workshops.

Lara moved to Warkworth in December 2016 after falling in love with Northumberland, a decision which meant relocating her business, Lara Mellor Training and Consultancy.

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“It was essentially like starting all over again," she said. "Although I had all my content and my experience, I had to re-establish myself as a business and build new business networks from nothing.”

Focusing on developing her network across Northumberland and the wider North East area Lara came across the Business Northumberland programme and, in April 2017, Lara registered for the fully funded support available to her.

The programme provides support to small and medium enterprises across the North East who are looking to sustain and grow their business and is match-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund and Advance Northumberland, so there is no cost to eligible businesses.

After attending a range of workshops including marketing and social media, Lara found her business and confidence grew.

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“The knowledge that I gained from attending so many courses myself has help put my Microsoft Training business in the position it is today and gave me the confidence to apply for the Microsoft trainer position for the duration of the project.”

After a successful bid, Lara was awarded a three year contract to deliver Microsoft Office workshops to eligible SMEs in the North East.

Business Northumberland will be hosting Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook workshops in venues across the county.

“I am delighted to be able to help support other SMEs having been given the opportunity to deliver the Microsoft part of the new programme," said Lara.

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Advance Northumberland chairman Richard Wearmouth said: “This is an excellent example of a company which has continued to flourish after relocating to the county and getting support from Business Northumberland.

“We’re always looking to attract new businesses to Northumberland and there’s a huge range of support and incentives available, often at no cost to the business themselves.”