Leadership skills pay off for 700 Scottish firms

Leadership skills pay off for 700 Scottish firms

Scottish Enterprise has helped almost 700 businesses strengthen leadership development, surpassing its initial target of 600-650 businesses.

The economic development agency attracted a cross-section of 686 businesses from a range of industries including energy, food and drink, and the construction sectors to its leadership and support programmes for the year ending April 2016.

The support offered helps businesses to develop their workforce and drive productivity.

This year has also seen an increased focus on supporting businesses in north east Scotland, including a series of resilience events, master classes, leadership programmes and productivity workshops for oil and gas businesses through the Scottish Government’s Energy Jobs Taskforce.

Specialist analytical and development service firm  EPP, based in Penicuik, grew from 23 to 32 empoyees and boosted turnover by 40% in the past 12 months after taking part in a Scottish Enterprise programme.

Managing director James Stuart attributes this to the organisational development and leadership training the company has undertaken.

He said: “We’ve worked quite intensively with Scottish Enterprise to develop our leadership across the company, with three of our key people having gone through the Leadership for Growth and Managing People for Growth programmes, and three more signed up for it. We’ve also benefitted from in-depth assistance on organisational development, supported by focused workshops, which has helped us to align the way we lead and structure the company with our business goals.

“This has changed the face of the business by restructuring our recruitment and team management processes which in turn has led to exciting fresh talent, an evolving and more energised new company culture, and a positive shift in client relationships as they have responded to our happier and more-engaged team.”

Adrian Gillespie, managing director for growth companies, innovation & infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise said: “We know from companies we’ve worked with that a strong focus on leadership development has a significant and positive impact on business performance.

“Great leadership brings out the best in people, enabling and empowering them to fulfil their potential and help their company succeed.”



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