Skills Bank celebrates 30% growth of 700th business supported

Skills Bank celebrates 30% growth of 700th business supported

Hydro-X, one of the UK’s leading providers of water treatment and air hygiene services, based in Dinnington near Rotherham, is reaping the benefits of Skills Bank training, which has contributed to the business achieving 39 per cent growth since the training began.

The company is the 700th to have been supported by South Yorkshire Skills Bank, which part funds training for South Yorkshire businesses and has recently been extended to help meet the needs of local businesses post pandemic.

Twelve Hydro-X staff took part in a business leadership academy supported by South Yorkshire Skills Bank.  All staff involved were senior managers, with roles such as regional sales, human resources, QHSE (Quality Health Safety Environmental), who needed to understand different elements of the business, its strategy and people management.

Amy Tupling, Human Resources Manager at Hydro X, said “We recognised the opportunity to develop our staff through Skills Bank training. The training has given staff a better understanding of business planning and strategy, in line with company objectives and has equipped them with the tools to better communicate the vision, mission and values.  This has also had an impact on how strategy is understood and implemented within individual teams and has led to improved awareness amongst all staff of the role they have to play towards achieving organisational goals.”

The training has also had a positive impact on Hydro-X’s employee motivation, communication of business plans and strategy and a shared awareness of how all staff have a role to play towards achieving organisational objectives.

Nigel Brough, Investment Manager for Skills Bank, said “We are proud to be celebrating the 700th business supported in South Yorkshire through Skills Bank.  It is fantastic to see that Hydro-X has gone on to achieve almost 40% growth, following the business leadership training undertaken by its senior managers.  We are excited to see how they can build on this great platform in the future.”

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Skills Bank provides employers across South Yorkshire with access to high quality training and funding to support them to develop their business.   Skills Bank is part of South Yorkshire Growth Hub, a service which exists to help businesses to find the best possible support to grow, whether that is investment in Skills and Training, access to finance options, support with innovation or export or even helping new businesses to get off the ground.

South Yorkshire Growth Hub Skills Advisors are available across the region to support and assist businesses with their needs. The Growth Hub supports the aims of the South Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to create jobs and drive economic growth by providing local businesses with the tools they need to succeed. The Skills Bank Programme has been extended until 2025 by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.  The extension is in recognition of the needs of local businesses and as part of the support to boost South Yorkshire’s post pandemic recovery and renewal.

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