Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Blue Monday…gets a red card!

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Oh, its back…blue Monday – did you feel it?  Did it get to you?  Well Blue Monday hit the top ten in the charts in 1983 (before we were born… obviously!).  So, to combat blue Mondays, here’s our top ten to knock it off the top spot!  

Our top ten tips!

  1. Make sure you are having your 1:1s with people so they feel valued and respected.
  2. Find out what motivates each team member. What gives them a buzz at work?
  3. Treat people as individuals – what motivates one could easily demotivate another.
  4. Provide meaningful work, let people understand how their contribution fits with the bigger picture.
  5. Catch people doing things right and provide regular feedback.
  6. Provide the resources to enable people to do their job.
  7. Provide opportunities for individuals to develop and grow.
  8. Ask people for their ideas and opinions.
  9. Surprise them with small acts of kindness (like chocolate …. just saying 😉)
  10. Engage with Brew Monday instead of Blue Monday.
  Samaritans Brew Monday is turning Blue Monday on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual cuppa.  So the Samaritans are encouraging us to contacts a friend, family member or colleague for a virtual cuppa and a chat. It doesn’t have to be a Monday or a cup of tea, just taking time to really listen to another person could help them work through what’s on their mind. ​ Because now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink – it’s about checking in and staying connected.  You can use this opportunity to fundraise too.  Click here for more information.

Connected, engaged and motivated teams

How connected engaged and motivated are your team?  Do you know?  Could you guess?  Why not consider an employee engagement survey to really understand how your team are feeling and find out what’s working well and not so well.  This really could make Blue Monday a thing of the past.   If you would like to find out more contact us at info@pro-development.co.uk.   Funding is available for this too, even more reasons not to be blue! You are probably eligible to 40% funding, its open to SMEs, Large, Public sector and Charities. Just give us a call to start the conversation 01904 628838.

BOOM…and we’re back!  Hello 2021! 

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Time to set amazing, challenging, and fun goals.  Whether they are business goals, personal goals, or team goals, take some time to really think about what it is you want to achieve this year.  We always have our annual goal setting session at the start of the year and are already feeling inspired and excited about what we want to achieve together.   

Why is it important to set goals? 

  • It gives you direction and a focus
  • It provides a sense of purpose
  • You will be motivated to achieve it 
  • You will gain a sense of achievement when you take each small step 
  • Each small success builds up your momentum 
  • Your self-belief about your capabilities will grow and who knows what that will lead too! 

How to set your goals 

  • Take some time to reflect on the year before – your successes, challenges and learnings and what will you take forward into 2021. 
  • Visualise the end of 2021. What would you have like to have achieved by that point? 
  • Capture your vision in picture form or words.
  • Think about all the different steps to achieve the goal(s).
  • Start to place these different steps on a timeline.
  • Check each milestone you place on the timeline is achievable and realistic (if they are not you may give up on your goals throughout the year, believing it’s not possible!). 
  • Look back at your goals – make sure they excite you. 
  • Place your goals somewhere where you can revisit them regularly – and hold yourself to account to deliver! 
If you would like help finding your direction, focus and goals, or holding you to account it may be worth considering coaching.  Working confidentially with a coach can help you establish your goals and how you can work towards achieving them.  Often the first step is the hardest, but when you work with someone else, through conversation, the answers you are looking for often appear in front of your eyes.  If you would like to find out more about coaching, contact us at info@pro-developemnt.co.uk..  Don’t forget about funding they you may be eligible for too.  Up to 40% if you are in the Leeds City Region.  Click here for more. 

The skills to grow your business, the funding to make it happen!

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

We wanted to remind you that Pro-Development are a registered provider with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Service.

What this means

This is exciting news for SMEs as it means if you work within the Leeds region 50% match funding is available for training and development provided that the eligibility criteria is met. You’ll also be pleased to learn that the Leeds Region incorporates SMEs that are based in York, Harrogate, Craven, Selby, Barnsley and all of West Yorkshire.

More about the LEP

The LEP promotes the Leeds City Region’s interests on a national and international scale, helping business and enterprise to thrive by unlocking potential through partnership. The LEP’s vision is to unlock the potential of the City Region, developing an economic powerhouse that will create jobs and prosperity. They aim to do this by being a relevant, essential and enabling partner to growing businesses within the City Region, and by opening the door to a new relationship with government. The LEP also have a skills service which you can access, if eligible, for the match funding. This means if you have a budget to put towards training, you could also be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000.

Is your business eligible?

To be eligible for skills funding your business must:

• be based in the Leeds City Region (which includes York, Harrogate, Craven, Selby, Barnsley and all of West Yorkshire.)

• employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of less than £40million

• be able to provide a contribution to the cost of training, as a minimum 50%

• be in one of our priority sector, which are:

  • Creative and digital
  • Finance and Business
  • Medical Technology
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Low Carbon
  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Transport and logistics
Map Eligible and want to access the funding?

1. Go to the LEP site, skills page

2. Complete the on-line form and answer some questions about you and your business, and the required skills development including:

a. What training is required and for how many people?

b. What will the added value be to your business by undertaking this training?

c. What are the objectives for undertaking the training?

3. You will then be asked ‘do you require further support in identifying a training provided’ –at this point you can select ‘No’ and enter Pro-Development as your registered training provider.

Interested and would like to find out more?

Why not have a look at the LEP site. The site is packed full of information, go to the skills page for specific information about the funding for development which we are accredited to deliver for you. This really is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the region, we look forward to working together to help your business flourish and grow.

The skills to grow your business, the funding to make it happen

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

We are pleased to announce that Pro-Development are now an registered provider with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Service.

What this means

This is exciting news for SMEs as it means if you work within the Leeds region 50% match funding is available for training and development provided that the eligibility criteria is met. You’ll also be pleased to learn that the Leeds Region incorporates SMEs that are based in York, Harrogate, Craven, Selby, Barnsley and all of West Yorkshire.

More about the LEP

The LEP promotes the Leeds City Region’s interests on a national and international scale, helping business and enterprise to thrive by unlocking potential through partnership. The LEP’s vision is to unlock the potential of the City Region, developing an economic powerhouse that will create jobs and prosperity. They aim to do this by being a relevant, essential and enabling partner to growing businesses within the City Region, and by opening the door to a new relationship with government. The LEP also have a skills service which you can access, if eligible, for the match funding. This means if you have a budget to put towards training, you could also be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000.

Is your business eligible?

To be eligible for skills funding your business must:

• be based in the Leeds City Region (which includes York, Harrogate, Craven, Selby, Barnsley and all of West Yorkshire.)

• employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of less than £40million

• be able to provide a contribution to the cost of training, as a minimum 50%

• be in one of our priority sector, which are:

  • Creative and digital
  • Finance and Business
  • Medical Technology
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Low Carbon
  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Transport and logistics
Map Eligible and want to access the funding?

1. Go to the LEP site, skills page

2. Complete the on-line form and answer some questions about you and your business, and the required skills development including:

a. What training is required and for how many people?

b. What will the added value be to your business by undertaking this training?

c. What are the objectives for undertaking the training?

3. You will then be asked ‘do you require further support in identifying a training provided’ –at this point you can select ‘No’ and enter Pro-Development as your registered training provider.

Interested and would like to find out more?

Why not have a look at the LEP site. The site is packed full of information, go to the skills page for specific information about the funding for development which we are accredited to deliver for you. This really is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the region, we look forward to working together to help your business flourish and grow.