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Project Management

What we do

  Research & Evaluation Projects
  Strategic Facilitation & Business Planning
  Design & Development of SME Support Programme
  Interim & Project Management
  Bid Writing & Fund Raising
  Training & Development Activities

Research & Evaluation Projects

Data collection & database cleansing

  Employer surveys for Business Links/LSCs to capture training and development information.
  Telephone teams collecting and analysing data.
  Focus groups and face to face samples.
  Large scale data cleansing operations to feed marketing and supply management initiatives.
  Collection of core data and in-depth sector specific issues data.
  Example clients: Business Link Stockport, emda

Feasibility studies to test market need & demand

  Test new programme options in the market.
  Business needs analysis, external perceptions, barriers to engagement.
  Focus groups and facilitated brainstorming held to secure industry feedback and commitment.
  Plan or execute needs analysis projects.
  Example client: Bassetlaw District Council

Customer perception surveys & mystery shopping

  Mystery shopping events for clients to add value to current product or service offer. Experience in tourism, hospitality, and domestic services industries.

Project evaluation

  Final project appraisals to identify outcomes, results and impacts of business support initiatives and offer independent quality assessment and programme improvement recommendations.

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Strategic Facilitation & Business Planning

  Board level support through the business planning process helping establish teams of individuals to drive forward key business development issues.
  Act as special advisers to bring an element of objectivity to the decision making process, allocating dedicated resources to get jobs done within tight timescales.
  Example Clients: Business Link Nottinghamshire, Food & Drink Forum

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Design & Development of SME Support Programme

  Creation of Sector networks, working with local economic developers to stimulate practical sector based support programmes.
  Assistance accessing partnership support and funding to grow industry led initiatives.
  Developing delivery mechanisms to service the needs of specific industries or geographical locations.
  Work with Public sector Partnerships to design and test new service offers within the SME market.
  Develop business and operational management plans to secure UK or European delivery funds.
  Example Clients: Newark & Sherwood Council, The Engineering Forum, Mansfield District Council

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Interim & Project Management

  Management & Operational support for organisations lacking resources or embarking on periods of dynamic change.
  Assistance recruiting and inducting key individuals.
  Example Clients: Food & Drink Forum, The Engineering Forum & Business Link Nottinghamshire

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Bid Writing & Fund Raising

  Technical advice on bid suitability and strategic fit.
  Support developing delivery plans and formal funding applications.

Experience with:

ERDF Objective 2
ESF Objective 3 &4
SRB funding
Local & Sector Initiative Funding,
Phoenix Funds
Numerous Regional and National funds.

Since 1997 we have accessed over £5,000,000 of grant funding for our clients with a success rate of 93%

  Example clients for who we have secured funds include:
The Regional Supply Office, The Engineering Forum, The Food & Drink Forum, North Nottinghamshire TEC, The University of Mansfield, New College Nottingham

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Training & Development Activities

  Team development programmes Example Client: emda
  Leadership programmes.
  Development of Business Advisers - diagnostic skills, economic development coaching.
  Sector Specific Training Materials.
  Project managed the development of "Passport to Food" development programmes working with the Food & Drink Forum and emda.
  Developing supervisors in food production, launching readiness to work programmes focusing on key employment skills and awareness raising materials to strengthen the links between schools and industry.Links to Passport to Food
  Example Clients: IBA, Business Link Advisers, the Food & Drink Forum.

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