One of the region’s fastest growing businesses has recently moved in to a substantial £8m development, which will become their new HQ and has created 60 jobs, bringing the total team to 450 people.
Learning Curve Group, national training and education specialist, has seen its turnover increase from £1m in 2008 to its current level of in excess of £40m. This growth has been as a result of substantial skills funding contracts won to deliver direct training on a national level. The Apprenticeship Levy has also become a key driver for the business’ growth with major regional employers such as Bellway and national firms like CH&Co, which provides catering for Buckingham Palace, looking to invest in the skills in their businesses through their apprenticeship levy and beyond by utilising the government funding available to Learning Curve Group.
Now as part of their strategic plans, they are working with North East England Chamber of Commerce to increase the visibility of their presence in the region, where its head office is based.
From February, for three years, Learning Curve Group will be the Associate Sponsor of the President’s Club, which includes the majority of the North East’s top 200 companies.
Brenda McLeish, CEO, Learning Curve Group said: “We have been members of the Chamber for a number of years and when the opportunity arose to support, we were keen to do so. The President’s Club is a fantastic forum for some of the region’s largest businesses and will help us to support their skills planning and delivery which is often highlighted as an area of concern within business. We’re looking forward to working together over the next three years and helping Chamber members to ‘think beyond the levy’.
Jennifer Rycroft, Chamber partnerships manager said: “Our President’s Club brings together the region’s largest businesses. We’ve hosted some incredible speakers as part of our lunch events including Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Parliament and Nigel Wilson, head of Legal & General and we’re delighted to be collaborating with such an innovative and well established business on the future of the programme.”
In the last 18 months, Learning Curve Group has delivered over £30m of skills funding, channelled through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, used by 4,500 businesses nationally and supported over 66,000 people to learn and develop their skills.
The company’s purpose-built new head office is at the prestigious DurhamGate development in Spennymoor and the construction process was also a learning opportunity for a number of its North East Construction Academy learners, who contributed their skills to the building project.