15.6.18 – Are you holding back your business?

Guest Blog| James Salter, Director, Lighthouse Training

Are you a small to medium enterprise (SME)?

Come along to Colbea on Friday 15th June at 10AM to find out more about professional education and higher-level apprenticeships available to encourage upscale of employees; supported by 90% Government funding. James Salter, Director at Lighthouse Training, explains why SME leaders need to think about developing their employees, especially those in management positions.

“Many small and medium-sized business leaders risk becoming the biggest impediment to their business growing.

A bold claim, you may say.


Simply because they get sucked into working in the business and consequently don’t spend enough time on the business.

Sometimes this is because of a lack of confidence in the ability of Managers to step up to the level required. Maybe your organisation is full of ‘accidental managers’ who have been promoted by virtue of their longevity of service or technical knowledge, but they’ve never had any management training so struggle to manage performance, delegate or have difficult conversations.

Most likely this is a business you have spent many years of your life tending and nurturing seven days a week. It can be incredibly hard to step away from the detail.

However, there comes a point when the business reaches a certain scale, and if you want to it continue to grow you need to take a strategic lead and that means letting go in other areas.

The other critical error business leaders make is they neglect their own development. One of the greatest dangers of success, is it leads to complacency. That is a dangerous place to be in a world changing as fast as ours is today. Don’t let that happen to you.

If any of this rings true and you’re thinking “This is all very well but I don’t have the budget to address these challenges”, well here’s the good news: Colbea, in conjunction with Lighthouse Training is able to offer the opportunity to access government funding to cover 90% of the cost of Leadership and Management Diplomas. This means you can sign up to the following qualifications for a fraction of the cost:

ILM Level 3 Diploma in Management – perfect for first line managers – £500 instead of £5,000

ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership – designed for Strategic Leaders – £900 instead of £9,000

Funding is limited, and must be allocated by July, and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t delay, contact Lighthouse Training on 01473 610555 for more info.”

Want to know more?

If you, or any of your team, want to find out more about the 90% Government-funded training opportunities on offer, and how developing the leadership within your organisation can improve the business as a whole, come along to Colbea on Friday 15th June at 10AM. Click here to find out more or call 01206 548833.