Funding helps small business efficiency

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A Halifax project management expert has helped more than 25 local small-to-medium businesses improve their efficiency with the help of a regional funding scheme.

Sarah Wilson, pictured, from 54 Degrees, who specialise in providing businesses with practical skills to plan and deliver work more effectively, was awarded funding from the Skills Enhancement Fund, which enabled her to host training sessions geared towards small businesses wanting to improve their project management skills.

The fund is a £50m resource unique to Yorkshire and Humber providing interventions in skills and workforce development which cannot be funded through other sources. The fund is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the European Social Fund and managed by Calderdale College on behalf of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

Over six full day events, Sarah addressed 25 business using mixed interventions from training to mentoring. Many had become overwhelmed by their workload and needed direction on how to make it more manageable.

Sarah said: “Being awarded SEF funding allowed me to reach out to micro businesses by offering them valuable training courses at a hugely reduced rate. Not only that, it has led to long-term relationships with delegates that have found worth in my expertise and have continued working with me on a one-to-one basis to ensure that their businesses reap the benefits from effective project management.”