The Wirral Chamber Business Growth Programme aims to build the confidence of SMEs in the region. The scheme involves a short programme of fully funded business support, offering advice on marketing, HR, bookkeeping or any other area where it is needed. The course is delivered by experienced business advisors and includes a comprehensive business diagnostic and deliverable action plan designed to support growth and competitiveness.
Wirral based, but with a national reach, TH Training Solutions specialise in health and Social Care, Moving and Handling of People/Objects, First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Fire Safety and Food Safety. You’ll find them delivering training 7 days a week to the health and social care sector, childcare and early years providers, restaurants, offices and many more. After completing the Growth Programme in February TH are already seeing the positive results they hoped for. We spoke to Managing director Tony Hannon to find out what they gained from the process and where they are now:
“In January 2018, I joined The Business Growth Programme following a recommendation and was offered 12 hours of fully funded support. This was face to face business support, right on my doorstep. As a small Wirral business delivering nationally, I had been planning where I wanted to see the business go and what I hoped to achieve and the support and advice came at a perfect time.
I was proud of the business but with the addition of another staff member and a real passion to step it up a level, I realised that some expert business direction was needed. The initial meeting with Business Growth Manager Lisa Furlong really helped to identify the areas I wanted support with.
A marketing strategy was key for developing new business and growth. However, it was clear that whatever direction was needed, the contacts they had would mean it could be provided be it HR, Finance, funding applications or other areas.
We created an Action Plan and were introduced to Andy Edwards, a Business Growth Consultant, who was our main contact from this point in developing and implementing the plan. The communication from Andy and Lisa throughout was fantastic. Nothing felt like too much trouble and no question considered silly.
I found the friendly, yet professional approach exactly what was needed. Sharing your business plans and aspirations can feel somewhat nerve-wracking, particularly when put to professionals, but they made everything feel easy and a safe environment for discussing ideas. The fact that the Business Growth team that I met were experienced and actual business owners, who had grown their own successful businesses, made all the difference. They clearly knew what it felt like to be at the same stage of business as TH Training Solutions and the challenges small businesses can face.
Each meeting involved sharing ideas, discussing possible avenues and introductions to other businesses or contacts who may be able to help. The whole programme felt supportive and productive and I left each meeting feeling inspired and ready to put into place the plans we had discussed. What can feel pretty overwhelming was made simple, by breaking it down into smaller steps.
The benefits of the programme for TH Training Solutions have been, impartial advice, fresh ideas, knowledgeable business brains, a supportive sounding board and specialist support. Our marketing strategy for 2018 is now underway, we have a new Business Development Manager on board and we are starting to see business results and returns within three months.
I would recommend this programme as it is an offer that really delivers and has proven to be invaluable for the growth of my business. Huge thanks to the Business Growth Team, it has been a pleasure working with them.”
Wirral Chamber of Commerce is a delivery partner of the European funded, Business Growth Programme. This means that qualifying SME’s can call on the Wirral Chamber Growth team to provide expert advice and support and take their organisation to the next level. For more information click here
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