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The importance of having a skilled workforce

This month, Business Support Specialist Heidi Green talks to us about how making time for your employees will help the success of your business.

There is a saying you have probably heard before: “You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.”

This is true but the question is then asked “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they then leave us?” The reply should be “What happens if we don’t invest in them and they stay?”

Employees are the most important asset to your business. Their professional development and training should be put into your budgets when doing the finances. When you invest in an employee they feel valued and appreciated and are less likely to leave you. From a business perspective, upskilling employees can improve productivity and therefore the growth of your business. Think about the future needs of your business and not just the current ones.

Give consideration to wider skills in the context of things like changes in legislation and even the skills required if you operate in an overseas market.

For further help and advice on the above or business growth and funding opportunities contact Heidi Green, Senior Business Advisor for Selby District Council via email at hgreen@selby.gov.uk or telephone 01757 292332.

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