West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Export and Innovation

Export & Innovation

Time to export? Dealing with Europe?

Search our export and innovation courses by clicking on each training provider's logo for an explanation or view the full Export and Innovation Course List.

The courses are being offered as part of the Higher Performing Workplaces (HPW) project which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges. Eligible businesses (those operating in the Leeds City Region*) can receive 40% ESF funding towards the cost of any HPW training.

These programmes are designed to increase in-house skills and knowledge to access new domestic and international markets to drive export.

Not sure where to start?

Get in touch with our team of Skills Associates and we will help you choose the right course and access the funding!

Other courses are available under the following categories: Empowering Leaders, Innovative Working and Effective HR.

*the business must be based in one of the following districts: Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York.

In response to the UK Government’s national restrictions regarding the spread of COVID19, training delivery methods listed in the course information PDF are subject to change. Many courses are delivered online.

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Aspect Training

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Aspect Training

Aspect Training has a proven track record is supporting and helping businesses to develop, improve, grow and succeed. We aim to help leaders and staff to challenge the status quo, and consider new ways of working, or develop themselves, others and the business to meet the current and future challenges. We are committed to provide value for money and making the services that we offer more accessible by helping them to get financial support towards the costs through funding partners such as the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

Our trainers all have strong industrial and business experience. We can match individual business requirements in the context of workplace skills or knowledge development including mental health awareness support to an individual who has knowledge and understanding of both the business nature and the specialist skills to deliver this work.

Courses: Finance For Non Finance Managers, Managing Under Performance, Equality and Diversity, Basic Mental Health Awareness

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BHP Consulting

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BHP Consulting

BHP wants SMEs to achieve their aspirations. That's why we're focused on helping you to unlock your export potential.

We provide high impact training from people who’ve grown & led successful companies.

Our team's broad business leadership experience gives access to quality solutions and expertise, enabling you to unlock the true potential of your business. Using their knowledge and experience, they work with you to develop your skills and confidence, improve your management team’s effectiveness, create clear business strategies and ultimately grow your business.

We believe that SMEs from the Leeds City Region have a huge potential to expand into GLOBAL MARKETS. We help them to achieve this by providing practical, pragmatic advice and strategies for NAVIGATING the new BREXIT trade requirements, developing the right product set and launching go to market EXPORT approaches which work.

Our three Export WORKSHOPS are designed to be a complimentary suite of education, tips and tools to provide everything a business needs to be successful. The first is 'A practical guide to the new export environment', the second 'How to build export growth strategies' and third is 'Shaping export marketing strategies which work'.

Delegates who attend our programmes leave feeling supported and armed with the tools they need to be SUCCESSFUL and more CONFIDENT.

These courses are ideal for SME leaders from any business sector who currently access global markets, or plan to in the future.

Courses: Export Growth Strategies - Strategic View - How to Determine the Benefits of Export and Assess the Most Relevant Approaches for my Business

Export Growth Strategies - The Tactics - The Process ‘Needs’ of Exporting

Export Growth Strategies - Developing a Market and Reaching the International Customer

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Brook Corporate Developments

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Brook Corporate Developments

Online delivery: Course can be delivered online with sessions between 2-3 hours. Usual delivery is onsite, full day sessions.

Export Fundamentals and Understanding

Importing Fundamentals and Understanding

Lean Tools and Techniques

Understanding Financial Management Tools and Techniques

Courses available immediately

We enjoy helping businesses to develop, improve, grow and succeed.

We can offer a sounding board for new ideas, challenging the thoughts of organisations’ decision makers; helping to develop their staff and also making the services that we offer more accessible by helping them to get financial support towards the costs through funding partners such as the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

Our team of experts provide coaching, mentoring, skills training and advice implementation services. Brook has worked with, helped and improved company efficiencies with in excess of 1,000 organisations across the UK with a specific emphasis on the Leeds City Region.

Our 18 experts all have strong industrial and business experience. We can match individual business requirements in the context of workplace skills development to an individual who has knowledge and understanding of both the business nature and also the specialist skills to deliver this work.

Courses: Export Fundamentals and Understanding, Importing Fundamentals and Understanding, Lean Tools and Techniques, Understanding Financial Management Tools and Techniques

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DNA Business Engineering

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DNA Business Engineering

Our team of experts provide coaching, mentoring, skills training and advice to help grow businesses. All coaches have strong commercial, industrial and business experience. DNA’s training provision is the collation of years of expertise and experience delivered to clients, now parcelled into digestible sessions, which are engaging and inciteful for participants.

With real life examples from our actual experience in export, marketing, sales, as people who have founded, run and grown companies. You’ll be able to delve into hands-on experience with our trainers. Delivered by the DNA consulting team, we have developed a series of six programmes, for on-line training.

DNA delivers an engaging series of topic sessions, covering a mix of export, marketing and broader business skills. High Performing Workplaces training programme, by West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

Delivering personal professional development training and coaching that is a mix of lecture, example, exercise and take away tools to enable participants to apply their learning in their daily work. The sessions are designed to be engaging, with some interactivity via Zoom sessions to enable discussion and peer to peer learning.

Once each participant completes the course, they will receive a pack that includes

  • A certificate of course completion
  • Example tools they can use in their business
  • An outline of next steps – they can explore

We welcome business owners and their employees to join DNA in these thought-provoking training sessions.

Courses: Business Development / Growth and Client Management

Commercial Awareness, Negotiation, Decision Making and Influencing

Digital Export and Marketing along with Market Research and Developing a Strategy

Entrepreneurial Skills

Export Exchange

Sales and Accessing New Markets including Domestic Markets

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Harrogate Business Advisors

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Harrogate Business Advisors

Online delivery: In phase 1 of the course Zoom will be used in two hour sessions over the internet. In phase 2, the trainer will (safely) spend a day onsite.

Course is available immediately

Harrogate Business Advisors Limited has worked with and trained SMEs in ways to increase their growth through export and innovation. The programmes are put together to maximise profit from existing markets and break into new markets.

Peter Dickinson, the Director who will be delivering the programme had 30 years in international business before starting Harrogate Business Advisors Limitedin 2005. All of that corporate experience was brought into play to help local small business owners to achieve their growth aspirations.

The focus over the past twelve years has been to deliver services to clients that help them improve their business with innovation and steering them to either consider export or to help them build an export channel.

Also available to deliver on this programme is Associate Jeff Long. Jeff has a background in Export Sales and has been providing small business owners advice and guidance since 2008.

Peter is a member of the Institute for Independent Business and a thought leader in the International Sales Management group, whilst Jeff is a Certified International Trade Advisor.

Knowing small businesses and their challenges, Peter understands the issues that will be faced during the first stage of this programme and the client’s subsequent implementation. The methodology behind the approach proposed here is to quickly get to the heart of the problem using diagnostic skills and then to quickly provide an innovative solution that tackles that problem.

Courses: High Performing Workplaces: Sales Training 1 – Evaluating the People, Sales Training 2 – Generating New Leads, Sales Training 3 – Winning New Clients, Sales Training 4 – Consolidate and Reinforce

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Lattitude7

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Lattitude7

Online delivery: The following courses will be delivered by Zoom and/or MS Teams:

Understanding and Introduction to Import and Export (including Import and export procedures post transition)

Course available from July

We have experience of developing and delivering bespoke programmes to SMEs throughout the Leeds City Region for 20 years.

We use a variety of learning methods and styles in our workshops that suit the client and their specific learning needs and outcomes. We use visual and graphical information and we help delegates to practically apply theories and models. We use written case studies, we have group discussions, we play relevant games, and we have fun and learn at the same time. We develop action plans so that learning can be applied and embedded in the workplace.

Our 16 associates are specialists in a variety of key areas so we can offer a broad scope of topics to clients. Our expertise is geared up to exceed client requirements. We regularly meet associates to see if their vision fits with Lattitude7 and to determine if any new skills have been acquired that we can offer clients to make a difference.

For our export training we’ll be using our associate Paul Walters who has worked in this field for over 40 years. His expertise has been recognised by organisations such as the Department for International Trade, FSB, Bradford University and local government where he has been called in as a trade expert.

Paul has worked at Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Heathrow airports where he was involved in the logistics field in sea, air and road transport both in and outbound. Additionally, he has worked in the manufacturing field for companies in electrical engineering, toys and children’s products and FMCG sectors. He has gone on to set up his own International Trade Advisory service which complements the services offered by the Department of International Trade offering a more hands on and in company approach to helping companies grow internationally.

Courses: Understanding and Introduction to Import and Export (including Import and export procedures post transition), Commercial Awareness, Marketing, Purchase and Supply, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution, Tendering and Documentation, Business Culture

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Leeds Trinity University

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Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University has been delivering consultancy, degree apprenticeships and training to businesses in the Leeds City Region since 2007. In 2019 we established the Centre for Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning, and Skills to build on this expertise and deliver training programmes that maximise the benefits of training in work, for employers and individuals. All programmes are supported by the development of projects in the workplace that enable learners to apply their knowledge.

Our work-based learning ethos underpins the training we offer by enabling delegates to use the workplace as a source of learning.

The courses available are designed using our experience of delivering degree apprenticeships in those subjects and we will be using lecturers and other subject experts who have a wealth of relevant commercial experience – to ensure learners leave with a greater understanding of the subject area and how to apply it in their role.

Courses: Business Finance for Beginners, Advancing Sales Techniques and Supply Chain Fundamentals

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Results Driven Group

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Results Driven Group

Course dates:

Entrepreneurship CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

5 Day Open Residential Course in the Lake District

Programme 1: 15 to 19 Mar 2021
Programme 2: 20 to 24 Sep 2021

5 Day Open Block Course in London

Programme 1: 22 to 26 Mar 2021

With over 20 years' experience in the training industry, Results Driven Group (RDG) has established an excellent reputation for the delivery of highly customised and flexible training. We offer CMI and ILM Qualifications (ranging from Levels 3 to 7), as well as Professional Development Training Courses in Leadership and Management, Coaching and Mentoring, Management Consultancy and Project Management. RDG also offers a comprehensive list of open courses and specialises in bespoke skills training and professional development solutions.

Our courses are designed around business need, are results-oriented and focused on ensuring a solid ROI. Candidates will start their training journey with a comprehensive pre-course analysis of their needs, carried out by experienced trainers. A post-course follow-up will ensure that the course was effective and, if more support is needed, trainers will happily coach you to further your areas of development.

Completing a training course that is made relevant to their professional profile, experience and expectations, participants will enjoy the benefits of learning next to their teams during an in-house training programme, or next to a group of like-minded professionals from different organisations when attending one of our open courses. As well as in-house and tutor-led online training, we offer residential courses at our training venues in Keswick in the Lake District, arguably one of the most beautiful areas in the UK.

Courses: Entrepreneurship CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership

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Sandler Training

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Sandler Training

Sandler is UK’s leading company in Sales and Sales Leadership performance training.

Based locally in Harrogate, our office is here to serve clients in Yorkshire, who want access to the same standard of training and coaching that the UK’s fastest growing companies experience.

Typically, when we initially engage with Business Owners, MD's and CEO's. They already have a good business, and are looking to grow to the next level. In their mission to grow, they are having a few sales challenges which are preventing them from getting to the level they aspire to.

Some common challenges our clients share when we first meet them include:

✓ being concerned about team turnover or stagnant sales teams.

✓ prospecting reluctance leading to an empty or weak sales pipeline

✓ fed up of giving away their margin to win new business?

✓ annoyed with hearing 'I'll think it over' from prospects, leading to low conversion rates & long sales cycles.

✓ worry they'll never find the right sales manager to release them to work on the big picture.

Sandler provide the support you and your business need to achieve your goals.

If you want to talk about improving your sales performance, building predictable revenues, successful long-term client retention and creating more profit for your bottom line please get in touch.

“In 21 years as Managing Director of Stray FM, you are the best sales trainer I have ever worked with.” - Sarah Barry, MD Stray FM.

Courses: Sales Management, Sales Foundations, Sales Mastery and Sandler 21st Century Prospecting

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SPA Professional Academy

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SPA Professional Academy

Based in the North of England, SPA Professional Academy is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre offering courses for marketing and digital marketing qualifications. Helping individuals develop skills to enhance their careers and helping organisations develop capabilities to deliver results.

Courses:

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Marketing/Digital Marketing – Marketing Principles module

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Marketing – Communications in Practice module

CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing – Digital Fundamentals module

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing/Digital Marketing – Applied Marketing module

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing/Digital Marketing – Planning Campaigns module

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing – Customer Insights module

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing – Digital Marketing Techniques module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing – full qualification

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing/Digital Marketing – Marketing and Digital Strategy module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing – Innovation in Marketing module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing – Resource Management module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing– Managing Brands module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing – Digital Optimisation module

CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing – The Digital Customer Experience module

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The Centre for Management and Business Development Limited

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The Centre for Management and Business Development Limited

These courses are currently being developed for online delivery and will be available soon. Enquire for more information on how CMBD can support your business.

CMBD was established in 2003 to deliver a large SME business support programme. Over the last 16 years the support programme has continually evolved to keep the learning fresh, engaging and relevant.

Our training, which is experiential, focuses on creating awareness and then providing the skills and tools to progress or overcome the challenges businesses face. The experiential training environment also gives participants the opportunity to try out the learning in a safe environment, this serves to both demonstrate and enforce the value of the learning and provide participants with increased confidence to use the learning back in the workplace.

In terms of individual training design, CMBD is a small company that provides a wide range of training solutions through a large pool of specialist independent trainers many of whom are practitioners of their specialist subject in their own practices.

All workshop and programmes have clearly defined learning outcomes which are shared with learners and companies when then enquire about a course, for in-house provision these are almost always altered in some way to accommodate the company’s particular challenges or working practices.

The trainer liaises with the client and agrees both lesson plan and learning outcomes prior to actual training takes place. The use of specialist practitioners as trainers is particularly useful in this regard because clients are not always sure what they need and the trainer is able to offer expert and up to date guidance.

Courses: The International Trade Programme

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