Leeds LEP invests £2m in local businesses

Leeds LEP invests £2m in local businesses

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has provided over £2m worth of training grants across the city, supporting the training of over 600 businesses.

Offering grants of between £500 and £50,000, the LEP is enabling local businesses to invest in the development of their workforce, giving them the opportunity to work with a team of expert skill advisors, discuss their long term growth plans and skills needs, and put together a training plan for their staff.

Selby-based Just Paper Tubes LTD, a manufacturer of cardboard cores and postal tubes, is one of the firms benefitting from the support.

Having recently seen rapid growth, the company decided to recruit more staff and launch an apprenticeship programme, and as a result identifies a skills gap which pushed them to invest in training.

Harry Coates, general manager at Just Paper Tubes LTD, said: “The training offered by the LEP has been invaluable as it has enabled us to upskill our teams.

“Part of the funding from the training programme went towards a sales training course, which gave us a better understanding on how we could use social media to grow our business.

“We would certainly recommend the LEP, as it has helped us carry out training sessions that wouldn’t have been possible under our current training budget.”

Mark Ridgway, LEP board member and chair of the skills service management board, added: “The LEP is dedicated to ensuring local businesses, primed for growth, have the skills to succeed.

“Offering a comprehensive service to businesses, the team of advisors support employers to tackle paperwork, source appropriate training provision and submit an application for funding.

"In particular, with Just Paper Tubes LTD, we offered additional support to find a training provider.”