Local Enterprise Partnerships Local Enterprise Partneships (LEPs) are companies limited by guarantee, typically set up as partnerships between the private sector and local authorities, with support from central Government depending on their individual circumstances. They deliver business support services under contract, to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), to Business Links, to the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) and, increasingly, to overseas customers. The agencies' key purpose is to promote economic regeneration by the setting up of small firms. CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP Business Link Business Link is the national business advice service in England. Use this site to get straightforward information for your business needs and to access a wide network of business support organisations. Tel: 0845 600 9006. Business Employment Services Training Warwick House, Wade Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NL Tel: 0113 245 8360 BEST was established with the aim of making a positive difference to peoples' lives through training and development. Since then thousands of people have been helped into sustainable employment and provided recruitment solutions to thousands of employers across South and West Yorkshire. The Small Business Gateway The Small Business Gateway is a service provided by the Scottish Enterprise Network and its local partners. It provides a single access point to a range of integrated services for businesses in Scotland. Tel: 0845 609 6611. Locate your local Gateway Business Eye Business Eye is a free, impartial information service for Wales created to find the answers to your business questions. Whether you are an established company, a new idea, a sole trader or an employer of hundreds, Business Eye is here to help and can put you in contact with support from the public, private or voluntary sectors. Tel: 08457 969798 Locate your regional centre Skills Funding Agency We fund skills training for further education (FE) in England. We support over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers with £3.7 billion of funding each year. National Council for Work Experience Prospects House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9EP Tel: 0161 277 5267 The National Council for Work Experience offers a free online resource to help employers find students in their area who are looking for work experience. This service allows businesses to find information and contact details of placement organisations in the local area that will be able to help find a student. The Open University Business School PO Box 724, Milton Keynes, MK7 6ZS Tel: 08700 100311 Fax: 01908 655072 We work in partnership with many local and national organisations. If you would like to discuss a partnership with us, please contact the OU Business Development Centre. Learndirect - (small businesses) Dearing House, 1 Young Street, Sheffield, S1 4UP Tel: 0114 291 5000 Fax: 0114 291 5001 Easy access to top quality flexible learning packages that you can use as and when you want them. Each course looks at a specific business issue - you can tailor your learning according to your immediate needs. University for Industry - (corporate businesses) Dearing House, 1 Young Street, Sheffield, S1 4UP Tel: 0114 291 5000 Fax: 0114 291 5001 Providing solutions that offer real business benefits to employers and an unparalleled learning experience for the employee. A Great Place to Work? People who say they work in a great organisation put it down to a knowledge that they know what's going on and how they fit into the bigger picture, and a sense that their contribution is valued and makes a difference. All of this adds up to a sense of opportunity, achievement and excitement. Online business skills assessor This online tool comprises nine elements for enterprises to complete to assess the level of their business skills. It aims to highlight where there are skills deficiencies, and help businesses put together a development plan to overcome any problems. Lifelong Learning The leading web site for the encouragement, promotion and development of lifelong learning. Lifelong Learning is supported by the Access to Learning for Adults Division of the Department for Education and Skills. Career Transit Partnership 5th Floor, Rex House, 10 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE Tel: 0207 484 1851 Fax: 0207 484 1852 Career Transit Partnership offers a high quality, no-cost recruitment service for organisations seeking the best. It has highly motivated, results-driven individuals with considerable experience, a wide range of transferable skills and valuable competencies gained through military service. Equality Direct Call an adviser on 0845 600 3444 Equality Direct is an England wide telephone advice service and supporting website for business, offering confidential and down-to-earth advice about equality issues. The service is designed to give business managers easy access to authoritative and joined-up advice on a wide range of equality issues. It's available across England for the cost of a local call from 8am until 8pm (or 10am until 4pm on Sunday). Advisers provide practical, down-to-earth advice on specific questions to help you make decisions which are right for your company. Your conversation will be in complete confidence. Involvement and Participation Association 42 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AF Tel: 020 7354 8040 Fax: 020 7354 8041 IPA is a centre of excellence for companies developing world class strategies for employee involvement and partnership. A focal point for best practice, the IPA has a wide experience of what works best in any situation. The Work Foundation Peter Runge House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG Tel: 0870 165 6700 Fax: 0870 165 6701 The Work Foundation, formerly The Industrial Society, combines leading-edge analysis of the modern workplace with practical experience of what inspiring and successful businesses and public sector organisations look like today. It is a new kind of organisation - part research institute, part business consultancy, part advocate. The Equality and Human Rights Commission 3 More London, Riverside Tooley Street, London, SE1 2RG Tel:020 3117 0235 Fax:0207 407 7557 The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. Public Concern at Work Suite 306, 16 Baldwins Gardens, London, EC1N 7RJ Tel: 020 7404 6609 Fax: 020 7404 6576 Public Concern at Work is uniquely placed to help businesses in complying with the Public Interest Disclosure Act. PCW provides support to leading companies, government departments, the NHS and organisations from all sectors. This support is tailored to the needs of the organisation and can include consultancy, policy reviews & audits, in-house training, staff briefing, guidance on handling concerns and communication support. Investors in people Investors in People UK, 7-10 Chandos Street, London, W1G 9DQ Tel: 020 7467 1900 Fax: 020 76362386 Investors in People is the national standard which sets a level of good practice for training and development of people to achieve business goals. The Business Excellence Model The British Quality Foundation, 32-34 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2QX Tel: 020 7654 5000 Fax: 020 7654 5001 The British Quality Foundation is a not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes business excellence to private, public and voluntary sector organisations in the UK. Chartered Institute of Marketing Moor Hall, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9QH Tel: 01628 427500 Fax: 01628 427499 Largest professional body for sales and marketing professionals in the UK The Institute of Sales and Marketing Management Romeland House, Romeland Hill, St Albans, AL3 4ET Tel: 01727 812500 Fax: 01727 812525 The foremost professional body for salespeople in the UK. IoD - Institute Of Directors 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED Tel: 020 7839 1233 Fax: 020 7930 1949 The Institute of Directors (IoD) is the leading membership organisation for directors who are responsible for the strategic direction of companies. From free business information and advice to training and professional development. National Training Awards The National Training Awards are the UK's Number One accolade for organisations and individuals who have achieved lasting excellence and success through training. It is aimed at those who have decided to improve their chances of success through learning new skills. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD House, Camp Road, London, SW19 4UX Tel: 020 8971 9000 Fax: 020 8263 3333 You may also like 18 September 2017 FSB launches new 'Wellbeing in Small Business' campaign 15 September 2017 Weekly Brief 38 – Friday 15 September 2017 12 September 2017 Bottle plan is empty vessel 31 July 2017 FSB members shine in the Highlands & Islands 13 January 2017 Weekly Brief 2 – Friday 13 January 2017 09 September 2016 Hungry for new business?