LEP funding helps D E Ford upskill 40 staff

LEP funding helps D E Ford upskill 40 staff

D E Ford, a family-run insurance broker in York, has upskilled 40 of its 60 staff after securing funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The firm has used the £7,715 grant from the pioneering skills service to provide training and skills development to its staff.

The training programme focussed on staff development and aims to help employees deliver a better quality service to customers.

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.

“We believe our people are vital to the success of our business and through continued and increased investment of resource and funding we will assist the development and improvement of their skills and knowledge which will continue to benefit all of our clients.” 

The LEP skills service supports small and medium-sized businesses based in the Leeds City Region to grow with support and funding for training.

Eligible businesses could receive grants of between £500 and £50,000 to support with up to 50% funding for training costs.