Building Capacity
Tom Keighley

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Building Capacity to expand workforce with five-figure investment

Wallsend-based HR and training consultancy Building Capacity says it will double its workforce by the end of next year following a five-figure investment from the Finance for Business North East Growth Fund.

Building Capacity Ltd deliveres Pearson Quality Assured, competency-based training programmes to clients across the UK, and is about to launch its ‘FLEX’ concept on a pan-European basis.

The firm work in a wide range of disciplines, including both individual and corporate learning and development, change and transformational management, staff training and accreditation and the design and implementation of assured and accredited in-house training programmes.

Its bespoke FLEX programme supports organisational, team and individual development via an extensive range of programmes that have been specifically designed to develop new skills, knowledge and competencies

RMT Accountants & Business Advisors, who have worked with Building Capacity since its inception in 2010, supported the firm’s management team through the investment process.

A dozen-strong team of training, recruitment and human resource professionals is currently employed by the business, with the same number of jobs expected to be created over the next 18 months.

Vanessa Jones, director of partnerships at Building Capacity, said: “Taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach to training isn’t good enough anymore – companies rightly demand bespoke support which fits their particular needs, and the FLEX programme that we offer has been proven time and again to provide the right solution.

“Wider and different training needs often become apparent from the initial discussions that we have with clients, giving them the chance to get a more comprehensive solution to their needs and us the opportunity to build deeper, longer-term relationships with them.

“The NEL and RMT teams were as excited as we were about the prospects for the business, and were both very focused and forward-thinking when it came to putting everything together.”

Jane Siddle, investment executive at NEL Fund Managers, added: “Building Capacity has developed a successful way of working that has already secured them a strong position in the training market, and they have had the vision to realise how much more they could do with the right resources behind them.”

Greg Bolton, head of corporate finance at RMT Accountants & Business Advisors, says: “We’ve worked closely with the Building Capacity management team over several years to help build up the business’s commercial momentum, and having introduced them to NEL as a regional source of suitable business investment, we’re extremely pleased to see the firm going from strength to strength.”

Aimed at regional businesses which are at a development and growth stage, the Growth Fund forms part of the wider Finance for Business North East Fund.

Managed by North East Finance, it will see £125 million of investment capital injected into the region by the European Investment Bank and the European Regional Development Fund 2007-13 over a five year period.

NEL is looking to make around 130 investments over the five-year life span of the Growth Fund, and is actively looking to speak to ambitious north east companies with robust business plans.

For more information about NEL’s investment criteria, visit www.nel.co.uk or contact the investment team on 0845 111 1850.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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