Vedas aims to propel Lancashire businesses to success

Vedas, the Burnley-based recruitment and training firm, is to launch a new business service – Propel - to provide subsidised support to Lancashire’s growing small businesses.

The launch event will take place at at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton le Moors, on Wednesday February 13. Each business that signs up to the new programme may be entitled to an £8,000 share of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support that Vedas has secured.

Qualifying businesses have to have been in operation for at least three years and must employ fewer than 250.

The Propel programme will be delivered by Vedas and will give them tailored support in areas such as strategy and planning; business performance and improvement processes; exploring innovation and competitive advantage; market share analysis, profitability and export markets;  human resource management; and, leadership and talent management.

Andrea Wallace, Vedas’ business development manager, said: “As small businesses grow they often have to face new challenges that they don’t have the internal resource or experience to address. At Vedas we want to offer a means for Lancashire businesses to bridge that gap and enable them to innovate, grow and generate quality new jobs across the area. There is a gap in the existing provision in the funded market place for HR support and employee and departmental profiling, which will provide companies with a means for competitive advantage.”

Paula Wright, Vedas’ training and development manager added: “We’re very keen for as many businesses as possible to attend the event, so we can sign them up to the Propel programme and potentially to £8,000 worth of support per business. Beyond that we’ll look to offer insight and analysis to identify areas of your business that require support, then we’ll help implement the strategies that will provide you with the tools to profitably grow your business.”

Places can be secured at the event by calling Vedas on 01282 832211 in order to secure a place at the Dunkenhalgh launch event.