Wakefield Businesses in the Market for Skills Support

Businesses across the Leeds City Region are training their staff thanks to the support and funding through the LEP skills service.

One firm that has benefited is Wakefield based Our Agency in the North, a small design and marketing agency based at Nostell Priory.

Their clients are diverse, from the UK’s largest supplier of health and safety equipment with some 2,000 employees nationwide, to an artisan bakery, run entirely by an ex-client turned bread maker.

The projects that come their way are just as varied: it could be branding the Turkish Basketball federation, or art-directing a photo shoot at the summit of the 02 arena at midnight.

The company approached the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership for funding to support members of their team to undertake digital design and web development training including Adobe After Effects, HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). 

“Because we could be writing brand guidelines one day and building a website the next, we need to have a pretty broad range of skills within our in-house creative team. Between us we’ve got most things covered, in fact there’s not much we haven’t tackled. We’ve made a zombie movie for one of our clients, designed a giant Twister game for another and even made an animated infographic about our home town."

- Ian Winterbottom, Owner of Our Agency.

Other Wakefield based companies that have benefited include manufacturing business Conservatory Outlet. Read their story here.

The skills service is time limited and applications need to be submitted by 31st March 2017. To find out more, visit www.the-lep.com/skillsservice or call 0113 3861 910.