Business and skills support at skillslocal
SME Business Support

skillslocal’s Areas of Expertise

  • Bespoke solutions for all your training and skills needs

  • Creative and innovative skills and training solutions

  • Skilled programme and project management

  • Free consultation which will detail next steps

Helping deliver skills solutions that drive productivity and economic growth. We work with a range of organisations, businesses and commissioners. We offer practical, cost efficient bespoke solutions.

We work with you to understand your needs developing a clear plan of action. We start with the end in mind and work with you to define exactly what you want to achieve from our support. We then tailor a programme that meets those needs, establishing a clear set of objectives.

We cover areas such as skills delivery and development, funding support, partnership development and project management and we also work with a range of technology partners. We also have our own e-learning platform with over 100 short bite-sized course available and link to the landing page.

Solutions that all help achieve efficiencies in the area of skills delivery .

Projects Include

  • Developed and led the delivery of 9 Priority Sector Plans on behalf of learndirect for the ESF Skills for Growth Bid in D2N2 region (£990k). Download sample plan
  • Conducted survey research and produced a detailed report on skills and training in the Visitor Economy and Retail Sector in D2N2. Download report
  • Supported Winning Moves on the Collaborate Tourism project in Leicester and Leicestershire.
  • Mapped leadership and management training and identified gaps in provision in Lancashire and D2N2. Download report
  • Supported learndirect with several funding contracts in D2N2, Heart of the South West, and Lancashire regions
  • Previous member of Buckinghamshire LEP’s Skills and Employability Board
  • Supported SEMTA with national LEP engagement contract for 12 months
  • Developed a pilot for the Lancashire Skills Pledge on behalf of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
  • Guide to Leadership and Management qualifications in Lancashire for Lancashire LEP

Skills Strategy

Our skills solutions include: Developing skills strategies, design and development of bespoke training programmes, completing appraisals (of your business, towns or cities), coaching and mentoring, digital skills trainingcustomer service; developing customer excellence strategies; sales training; induction training; programmes to help you engage with schools and colleges; retail programmes and many more.

Project Management

Our project management includes: supporting local, regional and national programmes. This could include supporting small internal organisational projects to much bigger regional or national programmes. Our expertise includes: leading and supporting on national skills projects; new product development and ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget but most importantly that they deliver on key aims and objectives.

Research & Evaluation

As well as providing the expertise to support project management we can also carry out robust research and evaluation. With over 20 years’ experience in the skills and education sectors you’ll benefit from our knowledge of the sector. We take a thorough and robust approach to delivering your projects aims and objectives. We do this by providing creative, insightful and tried and tested research methodology which helps to explore new markets, examine policy and develop practical insights and solutions.


We have identified a number of leading technology businesses who are really leading the way in terms of skills support and innovation. From e-learning solutions to utilising digital technology to streamline and achieve efficiencies we have a solution for you.

Funding Support

We can help you to identify potential funding opportunities; identify partners to work with; identify funding for skills and other delivery projects and where we can’t we will work with you to find the most cost efficient model of delivery.

Partnership Development

We work with a wide range of partners including: colleges and training providers; national and regional stakeholders, this enables us to quickly identify where there are opportunities to collaborate. As Peter Drucker said: “Businesses once grew by one of two ways; grass roots up, or by acquisition… today they grow through alliances.” So whether you need to partner with another organisation for a funding opportunity or just to help build and develop capacity, chances are we can help.