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25 SMEs benefit from regional funding scheme

A £50m funding scheme operating in the Yorkshire and Humber area has enabled a business coach to improve the efficiency and skills of 25 small businesses.

The Skills Enhancement fund awarded valuable funding to 54 Degrees, a project management firm that specialises in providing businesses with practical skills to plan and deliver work more effectively.

The fund is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency and managed by Calderdale College on behalf of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

The money went towards training sessions held by 54 Degrees coach Sarah Wilson. The sessions concentrated on small businesses wanting to improve their project management skills. Sarah engaged with 25 small, local businesses who had become overwhelmed with their strenuous workload.

‘‘Being awarded SEF funding allowed me to reach out to micro businesses by offering them valuable training courses at a hugely reduced rate,’’ said Sarah Wilson, project management coach at 54 Degrees.

The funds ultimately allowed Sarah to teach the business owners valuable project management skills.

‘‘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,’’ continued Wilson.