West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

11 October 2016

Calderdale Business Tastes Success With Help From LEP Funding

New Ivory, a successful Elland based food manufacturing business has been given the opportunity to expand thanks to a grant of almost £10,000 from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) skills service to train its staff, as it takes its next steps towards expansion.

New Ivory work with some of the leading supermarkets and retailers to develop and manufacture sauces, gravies and dressings with the aim to bring restaurant quality taste to home cooked food. They manufacture on an industrial scale as well as providing insight and advice to other businesses.

The company have experienced a period of growth over the past year and have ambitious plans to expand. They recognised the need to invest in its staffs’ capabilities and approached the LEP for support to train their existing staff. This resulted in a successful application for funding from the LEP to develop the leadership skills of its mid management team, helping shape the company’s strategy and define its culture.

motivated to push our company further

Adam Jones, Managing Director at New Ivory, said: “The funding from the LEP has really motivated us to push our company even further, and we’re so excited about the doors that it’s going to open for us.

We’re committed to investing in our teams, and always ensure that we have the best possible people available to drive our customers’ agendas. The training that we’re putting in place following the funding will help to note only improve our team’s skills, but create opportunities for promotion.

As an ambitious company looking to expand further, funding from the LEP has really helped us to reach our goals.”

Louise Tearle, Partnership Director for West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) added: “As the Consortium responsible for delivering the service we are delighted to see that New Ivory, along with so many others, have been able to access support from the service in order to develop their business through investment in skills and training.

The LEP skills service is delivered on behalf of WYCC by a consortium made up of Calderdale College, Leeds City College, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry with training provided by a wide range of partners including further education colleges, universities and private training organisations delivering specifically to the needs of businesses.

We are delighted that the service is playing such a significant role in helping companies fulfill their growth potential by addressing skills gaps.”

More case studies highlighting the positive impact of the service can be found at http://www.the-lep.com/case-studies/

To find out if your business is eligible and to apply, visit: www.the-lep.com/skillsservice or call 0113 386 1910.