D E Ford's future insured for success thanks to LEP

A grant from the LEP has supported a rotational moulded product manufacturer as it re-relocates to larger premises and increases its workforce.

Staff at an insurance broker have been given the chance to further develop their careers thanks to support from the LEP.

The £7,715 grant from the LEP’s skills service is being used by York-based insurance broker D E Ford to provide training and skills development to staff, which will enhance personal development for individuals and their skills sets.

Winning careers support

D E Ford, a family-run business which specialises in insurance and risk management, currently employs 60 members of staff, 40 of whom have undergone the training. The training programme is supporting employees’ careers and ensuring that each member of staff is providing clients with the best possible levels of service, knowledge and expertise.

The business has previously been recognised for its careers development, after winning a prestigious Best People Development award in 2015.

Best structure

Rob Allison, D E Ford’s Operations Director, said: “We approached the LEP because we want to ensure that we have the best structure in place internally to support the career paths of our staff as a part of our process of continuous improvement.

“With the skills service, we’ll have the opportunity to invest in the capabilities of our employees, and ensure that our clients receive an excellent level of service. This will result in a strengthened company reputation, which will in turn help the business to grow.

“We believe our people are vital to the success of our business and through continued and increased investment of resource and funding we will assist the development and improvement of their skills and knowledge which will continue to benefit all of our clients.” 

Funding for expansion

Mark Ridgway, LEP Board member and Chair of the skills service management board, said: “We’re delighted that we could provide D E Ford with the funding that the business needs for the next stage of its expansion plan.

“As we approach the one year anniversary of the skills service, the benefits of investing in workforce development have never been clearer. Businesses that undertake training see increased productivity, profitability and staff morale. The LEP is dedicated to ensuring local businesses primed for growth have the skills to succeed and I would urge businesses to take advantage of this opportunity and apply.”

Eric Hawthorn, Chair, Business Innovation and Growth Panel and Managing Director, Radio Design Limited added: “The skills service is part of a wider LEP offering that helps businesses to reach their growth targets. D E Ford approached the LEP to discuss their wider business needs and were signposted to the skills service for support and funding for training. It’s great to really see the LEP’s holistic offer to businesses in action – no matter what a business requires the LEP is here to help. Already we have supported over 500 businesses to develop, and helping firms to train staff and upskill from within is a huge part of facilitating growth.”

To find our more click here. Alternatively, you can contact the LEP skills service team on 0113 386 1910 or email skills@the-lep.com.