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29 September 2023 - 30 September 2023

1:30PM - 5:00PM

Hotel Indigo, Durham City Centre

  • Free

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As part of our Smart and Scale project we are offering a free two day masterclass for those who work in a leadership role within a small to medium sized enterprise, based in the North East of England.

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Durham University Business School

The SME Leaders Masterclass is led by Durham University Business School's leading faculty on Leadership, Strategy and Organisational Change.

The sessions will provide you:

  • with a fundamental understanding of the theory that underpins the topics
  • practical takeaways that you can implement in the workplace
  • great networking opportunities

The Masterclass will also include lunch and an evening meal.  For the launch, the SME Leaders Masterclass will be free of charge for all attendees in 2023!



Friday 29th September 2023:

  • 1.30 - 2.00pm - Opening and introduction to Smart and Scale
  • 2.00 - 2.30pm - Arrival and refreshments
  • 2.30 - 3.00pm - Keynote speaker
  • 3.00 - 6.00pm - Leadership Styles workshop led by Olga Epitropaki
  • 6.00 - 7.00pm  - Networking drinks
  • 7pm - Dinner at Marco Pierre White restaurant

Saturday 30th September 2023:

  • 9.00 - 9.30am - Arrival and refreshments
  • 9.30 - 10.00am - Keynote speaker
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm - Strategic Thinking workshop led by Dr Simon Haslam
  • 1.00 - 2.00pm - Lunch and networking
  • 2.00 - 5.00pm - Organisational Change workshop led by Professor Julie Hodges
  • 5.00pm - Close


Please note, SME is defined as firms employing fewer than 250 people and should be a registered business, sole trader, charity or Community Interest Company. Broadly, “SMEs encompasses micro (less than 10 employees and an annual turnover under €2 million), small (less than 50 employees and an annual turnover under €10 million) and medium-sized (less than 250 employees and an annual turnover under €50 million) businesses.”