Insurance broker uses LEP fund to develop team

Insurance broker uses LEP fund to develop team

The team at Yorkshire insurance broker D E Ford have been given the chance to develop their careers, with the help of funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s £1.5m skills service.

The £7,715 grant is providing training and skills development to a number of employees, helping to enhance personal development for them as individuals, and develop their skills in the workplace.

D E Ford, a family-run business which specialises in insurance and risk management, currently employs 60 members of staff, 40 of whom underwent the training. The programme focussed on staff development and will enable employees to deliver a better quality of service.

The business has previously been recognised for its careers development, after winning a Best People Development award in 2015.

Rob Allison, D E Ford’s operations director, said: “We approached the LEP because we want to ensure that we have the best structure in place internally to support the career paths of our staff as a part of our process of continuous improvement.

“With the skills service, we’ll have the opportunity to invest in the capabilities of our employees, and ensure that our clients receive an excellent level of service. This will result in a strengthened company reputation, which will in turn help the business to grow.”

Mark Ridgway OBE DL, LEP board member and chair of the skills service management board, said: “We’re delighted that we could provide D E Ford with the funding that the business needs for the next stage of its expansion plan.

“As we approach the one year anniversary of the skills service, the benefits of investing in workforce development have never been clearer. Businesses that undertake training see increased productivity, profitability and staff morale.”