Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

New LEP events target business skills

Published 16th February 2015 at 11:06am

Business owners and managers in the Sheffield City Region are invited to a series of workshops aimed at giving their employees the skills their businesses need to grow.

Sheffield City Region LEP is working with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to host the events which will take place in Doncaster, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Retford in February and March 2015.

These new events will give businesses advice about how they can grow their companies by taking advantage of the training and apprenticeship opportunities available in the Sheffield City Region. Events will include presentations from small businesses that have grown by taking advantage of opportunities to train their staff and take on apprentices.

LEP Board Member Nigel Brewster said,

“The benefits of taking on an apprentice or investing in skills training for staff are clear. However, we know that for some sole-traders and small businesses the whole process can seem time consuming and knowing where to start can be a barrier. These events will begin to tackle this by giving local business owners practical advice about how they can upskill their workforce. Business growth is at the heart of the LEP’s vision, and we recognise that if business owners and managers give employees the right skills then they will be better able to grow.”

Melanie Ulyatt, FSB Regional Chairman, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, said:

“The FSB is passionate about helping small business to grow and succeed. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the LEP and SFA to host these events which will give businesses up-to-date information and effective advice about skills training opportunities in Sheffield City Region.”

Events will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday 18 February, 9am to 1pm, Holiday Inn, Doncaster
  • Tuesday 10 March, 9am to 1pm, Casa Hotel, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield
  • Friday 13 March, 9am to 1pm, Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Sheffield
  • Tuesday 17 March, 9am to 1pm, West Retford Hotel, Retford

Events are free but places are limited. Businesses are encouraged to register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For booking information visit:

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