Introduction

Developing and valuing your employees is essential for any growing business.  Ensuring that teams can work together and that everybody has the right skills to be effective, from operational to leadership level, is an important and ongoing task for businesses.  Getting it right will help you retain staff, reducing employee turnover as well as making your business attractive to new talent.

Further information

Investing in the training and development of your workforce can bring a wealth of business benefits, including:

  • Increased staff motivation, loyalty and retention
  • Improved customer service
  • Safer working practices
  • Increased productivity
  • Employees with increased skills sets can make a wider contribution to your business.

There are many training providers delivering in the Heart of the South West area as well as some specific business support schemes providing skills advice to businesses and funded training to upskill the workforce.

Get in Touch with us today or see business support services specific to skills and training detailed at the bottom of this page.

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To find out how the Growth Hub can help your business, contact our team today on 03456 047 047 or use our online form

business-support-icon-60px-01Business support programmes

    • Skills Launchpad for the Heart of the South West
    • Devon and Somerset
    • The Skills Launchpad provides a portal to information and support to help you develop your skills and develop your career. You can find training and support, whether you are an employer or seeking employment.
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    • SMART SKILLS for Devon
    • Devon
    • The SMART SKILLS programme is funded by the European Social Fund and will help businesses across Devon to upskill their staff and advance their business to the next level with a range of no-cost training solutions. 
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    • Small Business Leadership Programme
    • Devon and Somerset
    • The Small Business Leadership Programme is a fully-funded programme delivered by a consortium of leading university business schools.
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    • Skills Support for the Workforce
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Funded training to help your business progress - Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
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    • National Apprenticeship Service
    • Devon
    • A free service providing information on everything employers need to know when taking on an apprentice as well as help to find the right candidate.
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icon-events-60pxEvents and workshops

    • BOOST Tourism Toolkit - Planning for Profit
    • 13 October 2021
    • The first steps in getting started with the ‘BOOST’ Tourism Toolkit! We’ll be covering all the foundation steps any business needs for success.
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    • BOOST Tourism Toolkit - Wow Your Customers
    • 20 October 2021
    • Taking things to the next level with 'BOOST' Tourism Toolkit! In this session we’ll be taking a deep dive into the various tools that can help us gain insight into who our customers are, what they want and how we can ensure we meet (and exceed) their expectations – vital stuff!
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    • BOOST Tourism Toolkit - Planning Effective Marketing
    • 03 November 2021
    • Getting your message out is a vital step, and this third session on the BOOST Tourism Toolkit covers everything you need to ensure your marketing really works for you. We’ll be providing the lowdown on; what we should be saying, how we should be saying it, choosing which channels to use and planning that activity so its effective and manageable.
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    • BOOST Tourism Toolkit - Let's get Digital!
    • 10 November 2021
    • Time to think online using the 'BOOST' Tourism Toolkit! This session focuses on ensuring your digital presence really works for you as a business. We’ll cover everything from making sure your website is effective, to tracking performance, SEO and even managing online bookings and distribution channels.
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    • BOOST Tourism Toolkit - Delivering Effective Marketing
    • 17 November 2021
    • Moving on from the planning, this session gets extremely practical as we take a closer look at all the specific channels you could use to market your business. The ‘BOOST’ Tourism Toolkit is full or tools and advice to help optimise just about any channel you could think of, so we’ll be looking at each in turn.
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