Design Agency Gets Skills Boost!

Wakefield Businesses are benefitting from skills funding and support thanks to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Through the LEP’s skills service, small and medium sized businesses within Wakefield and throughout the Leeds City Region with a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000 between now and March 2017. The training provision is employer led and the skills funding enables employers to maximise their training budget and gain the skills their business needs.

One business that has benefitted through the skills service is Wakefield-based design agency Our Agency. Ian Winterbottom, Owner of Our Agency explains:

“Our Agency is a small design and marketing agency based at Nostell Priory, Wakefield. Our clients are diverse, from the UK’s largest supplier of health and safety equipment with some 2000 employees nationwide, to an artisan bakery, run entirely by an ex-client.

“Finding time to attend training courses often takes a back seat when the studio is busy, which it is, more often than not. And finding the funds can be way down the list: our Apple computers don’t grow on trees, despite the ironic brand name!

“However, we know that growth, development and keeping our colleagues engaged and motivated is intrinsic to our future. The LEP Skills Service opportunity hasn’t just helped with the financial input, it gave us the impetus to ‘down tools’ and assess our current knowledge gaps. More importantly, it provided valuable support that has allowed us update our skills. Three of our colleagues who have taken advantage of the training so far, have returned to the office buzzing and full of enthusiasm to apply their new tricks to projects we are working on right now. So, not only does Our Agency benefit, so do our clients, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Do you want to find out more about how the LEP skills service could help your business? Find out if you are eligible and apply for funding by visiting: www.the-lep.com/skillsservice or contact one of our experienced skills advisors: skills@the-lep.com or 0113 386 1910.