An innovative look at career change

Peter Chapman (left) with Jenny McDowell and Alan Ward at the innovation workshop
Peter Chapman (left) with Jenny McDowell and Alan Ward at the innovation workshop

CHANGING your career could soon become easier for people in east Durham after a pilot workshop proved to be a huge success.

Enterprise agencies joined forces to hold the Innovation Workshop – a new approach aimed at motivating people facing career changes.

The event was a collaboration between Lloyds TSB, Durham County Council and County Durham Enterprise Agencies (CDEA), and was backed by the National Enterprise Network.

It was held at the Ramside Hall Hotel, in Durham City, but is aimed at people throughout the county.

Workshop leader Alan Ward said: “The event has been the first of its kind to be piloted anywhere in the UK aimed specifically at this audience.

“In the current economic climate it is now more important than ever to think innovatively and generate ideas for the future whether it be starting up your own business or changing your career.”

The event was well attended by a wide range of people from both County Durham and the wider North-East.

CDEA chairman Peter Chapman said: “Enterprise Agencies are here to help people set up in business and to become a commercial success in the future.

“We are clear however that can only happen if you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make the right decisions.

“This workshop delivers just that and is excellent for anyone considering their future.”

Jenny McDowell, manager of business networks at Lloyds TSB Commercial, said: “The workshop proved to be a huge success.

“It heped attendees decide for themselves how they will make future decisions and meet their needs including the financial implications those decisions will bring.”

For more information on Innovation Workshops, contact the Innovation School on 08445618878 or email