Following the success of last
year’s event, today sees the launch of The Skills for Business Awards 2015,
which will celebrate the direct impact learning has on businesses and
individuals. The ceremony will be held on 1 July at The Point, Lancashire
Cricket Club. For more information about the Skills for Business Awards visit

How you can get involved:

  • Tell your employers about the awards ceremony
    and how they can get involved and have their achievements recognised;
  • Nominate the businesses, learners, schools that
    you work with.

The deadline for entries is 20
March 2015
and the shortlist will be announced in early May.

The awards have been created
through collaboration between the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network
(GMPLN), the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), the New Economy

There are 23 categories across
a range of sectors, including financial and professional services, health and
social care, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality and tourism.
Recognition will be given to the best small, medium and large business, as well
as awards for the social enterprise, school, learning provider and apprentice
of the year. Finally, the region’s most exceptional entrepreneur will be
recognised within a new category launched this year.  

The event will also celebrate the outstanding
contribution of the ESF funded Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Mark Currie, Chair of the
Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network, said: “We want to highlight
the significant contribution that people make to business and recognise that
investment in skills offers a tangible return. The awards celebrate and reward
those individuals and businesses who have benefited from improvements made
following training”.

Louise Timperley, Head of Skills and Employment
from Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Once again, we are
proud to be part of this inspirational event. The awards are testament to the
drive in promoting collaboration with employers and learning providers, in
order to deliver the right conditions for sustainable economic growth through

Gemma Marsh, Interim Director of Skills and Employment for New Economy, said:
“Accelerating economic growth remains Greater Manchester’s top priority. This
requires a focus not just on increasing productivity, but also on how Greater
Manchester’s (GM) families, neighbourhoods and its wider economy can become
more self-reliant and less dependent on Government funding. We work with our
local business community and civic leadership to secure the best possible
training solutions and employment outcomes for the region.”

“By celebrating the
achievements of our employers, workforce and providers, we want to draw
attention to the fantastic work that goes on in Greater Manchester to ensure
that our local companies, their staff, and the region as a whole, has the
skills to compete in a challenging global economy.”

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