Doncaster Council is working with Doncaster Chamber, Beta Technology and the Consultancy Academy as part of a new government-backed project to boost SMEs leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which in turn would improve their overall productivity.
The council’s programme, entitled ‘Doncaster Leadership & Entrepreneurship Academy’ will work with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to test new ways to boost skills.
It will take an academic-orientated approach by making theory relevant to SMEs and help them identify strategies that will enhance their businesses’ growth.
The initiative will also focus on peer-to-peer education by corralling small business leaders from a range of sectors to better recognise the needs of Doncaster businesses.
Committed to supporting SMEs
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, said: “It’s a real feather in our cap to be the only council and the only area in Yorkshire to be supported through this innovative programme. We are committed to supporting our small businesses and entrepreneurs who are vital for stimulating growth, delivering jobs and creating a vibrant economy.”
She continued to say that the government-backed project should help Doncaster business owners hone their entrepreneurial skills and expertise so they can grow their business and contribute positively to the local and regional economy.
Dan Fell, CEO Doncaster Chamber, added: “I am delighted that our partnership has been able to co-create, with UKCES, this great initiative that will help local firms grow. I love two things in particular. Firstly the scheme is very much customer led with businesses identifying their own challenges and needs and the partnership then tailoring business support to suit.
“Secondly, I am delighted that so many of Doncaster’s larger firms have pledged their support and are willing to open their doors to Doncaster’s SMEs to share their best practice and help develop outstanding business practices in Doncaster’s growing firms.”