BDM are in advanced talks with both Sandwell and Wolverhampton local authorities who recognise the longstanding reputation the area has for making quality products and want to ensure that local businesses benefit from contracts going out to tender. All roads to success are likely to lead through BIM (Building Information Modelling) and to fully participate businesses will need an enhanced level of digital awareness. With large building projects such as hospitals and schools and the Commonwealth Games infrastructure around the corner, there will need to also be a change in behavioural behaviour. Best value, as opposed to lower cost, collaborative working and measurable benchmarks for performance will all be critical in taking advantage of BIM which is likely to be a prerequisite for tendering for contracts of any substance.
We're always looking for viable venues so we were delighted to deliver one of our courses at Burton FC. Apart from being a smashing ground, the spectator box that we used had all the right facilities, excellent natural lighting and the booking and hospitality arrangements were spot on. If the football team perform as well as that then their return to the Championship would be a dead cert!
BDM are now proud members of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and its membership of several thousand businesses. It's always a bit of a conundrum how to prioritise a marketing budget with the many membership and media advertising opportunities available. However, following a meeting at the Chamber we were convinced that it represents the best value for money around particularly given their geographical coverage and our latest venture into the Staffordshire area.
We're in the middle of delivering 'effective team skills' to one of Worcestershire's top food manufacturing firms. Red Deer Herbs are based in Pershore and with a multi cultural workforce it sets its particular challenges given the multilingual issues. However, in reality, it's been very rewarding to teach a group of people eager to learn how to improve their team work and create a rewarding working environment.
BDM are pleased to announce that our partners SERCO have awarded us contracts to deliver fully funded training in the Black Country and Greater Birmingham transitional areas, in addition to our long running work successfully supporting Worcestershire businesses. We are looking forward to getting out 'in the field' to talk to the wealth of vibrant business out there who want their management teams to be at their most effective and competitive.
BDM are busy working with Worcestershire clients as part of the latest Worcestershire Skills Support for Workforce initiative and one of our most popular courses is Team Leading. This type of course is ideal for a thriving and growing business like Housing Partners, based in Worcester. As part of this growth, they have recently recruited more staff. Consequently, we arranged a visit and already their core complement of team leaders have completed our Team Leader module which encompasses the skills of leading a team, developing a work team and effective team member skills .
Dawn Churchley, Head of HR at Housing Partners, said ' This initiative came at exactly the right time for us as we expand which puts an increasing emphasis on ensuring a robust team ethos with everybody pulling in the same direction. Our team leaders are a critical part of this process and following their recent training, we are looking to progress them all onto a Level 3 course to enhance their team working skills even further. The process of undertaking a Training Needs Analysis with BDM was also a really valuable process and I would recommend this
initiative to any business who need to develop their management capability.
Photo showing Housing Partners Team Leaders taking part in a team building exercise where the training was delivered at Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
BDM are pleased to announce that they have been approved as an apprenticeship training provider by the government's Skills Funding Agency, and consequently placed on the official Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (ROATP) .
This means that, from May 2017, employers liable to the levy will be able to select a provider from the ROATP register and through this, BDM will be able to offer locally delivered quality apprenticeships to levy payers keen to make the most of the levy resources at their disposal'
After several years of BDM working successfully in Worcestershire with over 100 companies, we were pleased to recently learn that we had won a contract, in partnership with Serco, to deliver further training in the area in line with the priorities of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). We intend to run both accredited and non accredited courses which can also be run as short impact workshops to minimise disruption to business whilst maximising their beneficial impact.
These courses will cover a wide range of topics critical to business operation such as leadership and management skills, sales, customer service, finance and social media.
This training is funded through the European Social Fund so with BREXIT allegedly around the corner, now is the best time to access funding streams whilst they are still flowing!
BDM have just returned from the City that gave us the Beatles and Bill Shankly after being shortlisted for the UKTI 'Open to Export' Award for Best Action Plan. Whilst it all sounds a bit 'Civil Service', the process of developing an Action Plan has really helped concentrate minds back at BDM as we seek to make inroads into South East Asia and more particularly Vietnam.
So to hear that from a field of over 100 businesses , we were shortlisted in the top ten was a great spin off. We didn't win but both presenting 'Dragons Den' style and meeting lots of interesting businesses making their initial forays into the international markets, was a very worthwhile experience.
Good publicity is another spin off to the extent that we understand the Vietnamese Ambassador has expressed interest in our initiative, recognising the importance of good leadership and management skills in business if the country is to benefit from the ASEAN initiative.
Unless you're a 'BREXITER', it's not been a particularly good weekend with economic 'experts' warning of stormy seas ahead. I don't think any of us really know whether leaving the EU will be of benefit in the long term but it seems certain that things are likely to lack stability in the short term.
However, at BDM, we prefer to look on the bright side having been shortlisted for the prestigious 'Open to Export Action Plan' Award. This is a result of our developing partnership in Vietnam and perhaps all our ties with Asia will become closer following the Referendum result. Notwithstanding this, it's good to see the Government backed 'Open to Export' team encouraging businesses to spread their wings away from these shores.