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29 July 2015

Recruitment and Training

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.



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,

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,
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,

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,
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,
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,

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,
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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Tel: 01727 812500
Fax: 01727 812525

The foremost professional body for salespeople in the UK.


IoD - Institute Of Directors

116 Pall Mall,

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,
SW19 4UX

Tel: 020 8971 9000
Fax: 020 8263 3333