Take advantage of free training to seize digital opportunities

With 3,000 extra jobs predicted in the digital sector in the next six years*, and recent research from DMS Research & Consulting recognising the increasing demand for basic digital skills across all industries, businesses in Tees Valley are being urged to look ahead and seize the opportunities. Not only this, but more than half of […]

Case Study: Streamlining for international success

The challenge Starting your own business can be an exciting time, especially when you have a strong passion for what you’re creating. With a desire for more creative freedom, Kim Sandford decided to leave her job as a graphic designer to set up her own company, Illustrated Identity. Based in Middlesbrough, the company is an […]

Case Study: Open thinking helps unlock new business ideas

The challenge With a passion for supporting mental health and knowing the lengthy waiting lists children faced, Kirsten Antoncich, owner of Positive Progress, had an ambition to scale up her business. After several years working in various roles as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, in 2017 Kirsten decided to start Positive Progress, a business that […]

How can SMEs identify their skills gaps… and fill them?

Despite Tees Valley being home to more than 17,000 businesses generating a £13.1bn economy, the area’s business base has been described as under-developed compared to the size of the population. By 2024 there will be 17,000 new jobs and 116,000 replacement jobs available, and it’s important that there is a skilled and available workforce to […]

Case Study: Business growth thanks to digital training

The challenge Running a business and looking after a family, all under the same roof, is no easy task, but Tracy Burleigh rose to the challenge in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Tracy’s first-hand experience of this led to her launching Women Mean Business, a supportive online networking and coaching community for women running […]

Case study: Stretching skills to start a business

The challenge With 60% of new UK start-ups closing their doors within three years*, starting your own venture and making it a success is extremely difficult, especially if you have little or even no previous business experience. It’s even more of a personal and potential financial risk if you are leaving an accomplished career to […]

Tees Valley Tackling the Skills Shortage

Tees Valley are tackling the skills shortage. By 2024, 17,000 new jobs will be available in Tees Valley. 50% of jobs created will require higher level technical and digital skills.

Fully funded training for administration staff benefits whole team of counsellors working in schools in the Tees Valley

The Challenge Time 4 You Psychological Services CIC is working in schools to improve the emotional well-being of children, young people and their families. The team of professionally qualified, fully trained and clinically supervised counsellors offers support in primary and secondary schools and academies across Redcar and Cleveland. It offers a confidential service, within the […]

Upskilling staff proves to be an award-winning decision

The challenge Ecoplas Limited, part of the Eurocell group, is a uPVC recycling operation based near Selby in North Yorkshire. They handle around 20,000 tonnes of waste per annum to produce recycled material which can be re-introduced into the construction industry and have ambitious growth plans. Sitting as one of the top five businesses in […]

Building success: upskilling employees leads to business growth

The challenge When your business success relies on timing and efficiency, it is vital that employees are not only equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge in the industry they are working in, but that they also have the confidence to perform their job correctly to a tight schedule. This encouraged Middlesbrough-based construction and engineering firm, […]

Free training on offer for SME staff development in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Over £4.7 million is now available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding for training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. Staff development through professionally delivered training, offered at no cost […]

Free training on offer for SME staff development in the Tees Valley

Over £2.1 million is now available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Tees Valley for training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. Staff development through professionally delivered training, offered at no cost to a business, […]