THE MANAGING DIRECTOR of a fast-growing North East law firm is planning further expansion, after participating in a prestigious UK programme.
Emma Gaudern (right), founder and MD of Durham-based EMG Solicitors, was selected to take part in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK initiative, set up by the global investment company to provide support and education to high-growth businesses.
The solicitor set up her firm in 2014 and in that time has grown from a handful of staff working in a selected number of areas to a respected organisation with a team of around 30, operating across a whole host of disciplines.
The GS10k programme selects applicants to take part in the scheme, to help small companies “unlock the economic and job creation potential of their businesses.”
The programme is designed by leading experts and is run in partnership with the Said Business School at Oxford University, the Aston Centre for Growth at Aston University, Leeds University Business School at University of Leeds, and the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The scheme is a combination of residential sessions and on-line programmes and results in the creation of a bespoke Growth Plan for the future.
“EMG has grown continually but it has been really useful and helpful to look at the next stage of our development through participating in a prestigious programme like this,” said Emma.
“It’s been invaluable in looking at ways of scaling up the business, with the added bonus that there is a huge alumni programme so the benefits continue.”
The EMG Growth Plan includes further expansion and the opening of a second office along with growing the company’s commercial law services.
Emma took part in the scheme during the summer with residential sessions in Leeds and Oxford and will now take part in a graduation ceremony in December.
“It has been an invaluable experience and one which will continue,” she said.