Five-figure grant sees staff boost for Barnsley firm

Five-figure grant sees staff boost for Barnsley firm

A Barnsley-based door manufacturer has successfully completed a staff training course after securing a grant of over £16,500 from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Over the last 18 months Distinction Doors has grown in size with staff undertaking a range of training including a management and leadership programme for senior staff.

A team leading programme was also undertaken to equip a member of staff with specific skills to complete additional responsibilities previously carried out by Senior Managers.

Other courses included Level 3 CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice to upskill an existing staff member to assist with HR duties, enabling the HR Director to hand over operational aspects of HR and concentrate on the more strategic aspects in order to grow the business

The firm also welcomed a new CEO, board of directors and increased staff numbers.

Distinction Doors has grown from a start-up to now becoming a known name in its sector, having ranked in the Sunday Times Fats Track 100 list, and seen a significant sales increase in the last three years.

The company is one of over 1,000 to receive this kind of support from the LEP.

Helen Lovack, HR director at Distinction Doors, said: “We’re really excited about the opportunities that the grant from the LEP’s skills service has opened up.

“The company has been through some really positive changes in recent months, with the appointment of Andrew Fowlds as our new CEO. Staff can now be trained to achieve their full potential, which will assist the company to reach our strategic objectives.”

Stephanie Burras CBE, chair of the LEP’s employment and skills panel said:“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to give Distinction Doors the support that it needs to reach its financial aims with funding from the skills service.

“The LEP is dedicated to ensuring that local businesses primed for growth have the skills to succeed. It’s fantastic that our skills service has been able to support over 1,000 businesses to train their staff and drive forward their growth ambitions.”



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