LEP Invests over £250,000 into upskilling businesses

Published 22nd Jul 2015 by Emma Sinfield

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has committed over £250,000 to local businesses, enabling over 100 employers to invest in training and upskilling a total of 707 staff.

The LEP’s skills service is supporting businesses to identify their training needs, and access advice, support and funding to upskill their workforces based on business growth objectives.

Businesses already benefitting from the support and funding include Epiphany, a multi award-winning UK digital agency based in Leeds, who took advantage of the LEP skills service to access leadership skills training and coaching for their staff.

Rachel Evans, Talent Development Manager at Epiphany said:"Epiphany is one of the largest search marketing agencies in the UK, employing over 160 members of staff in Leeds, London and Sydney, Australia. Thanks to the LEP we were able to access funding for staff to undertake leadership and time management training which essential skills for our staff are if we are to compete on a global scale. The funding and support means we can re-invest potential savings into further staff development and continue to grow our business both here in Leeds City Region and in international markets."

Stephanie Burras CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Ahead Partnership and Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Employment and Skills Panel said:“As a private sector representative and skills lead on the LEP board I am pleased to see businesses taking advantage of the LEP skills service offer and accessing funding support for training. The LEP’s ambition is to grow the regional economy and to succeed, we need to support businesses to develop their workforce by investing in training. Providing employers with a skilled workforce plays a huge part in accelerating growth and unlocking the social and economic potential of the Leeds City Region.”

Employers across Leeds City Region have until March 2017 to access the £13.9m funding and are encouraged find out more information and to see if they are eligible by visiting or contacting an experienced skills advisor on or 0113 386 1910. The skills service supports eligible businesses in all seven priority sectors to access the funding.*


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