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Education and employment minister Baroness Blackstone has announced that£500,000 has been made available to 12 Tra...
Education and employment minister Baroness Blackstone has announced that£500,000 has been made available to 12 Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) to assist small firms in their areas achieve Investors In People status.

The TECs will use the funds to run development projects with

small local firms.

Baroness Blackstone said:

'We are committed to improving access to Investors in People for small firms. The projects, aimed primarily at enterprises with up to 50 employees, will develop innovative approaches to help meet this


'Small businesses are the bedrock of a healthy economy and form the largest body of employers in the country. Almost half of our workforce work in small firms. Larger companies depend on their skills as suppliers of goods and services. It is vital we encourage our small and medium sized enterprises to develop their people, their

most valuable resource.

'The 12 successful bids target the growth of firms in key sectors and will be working closely with Business Links, specialist human resource advisers and other key partners, such as National Training Organisations. The development projects will also build on good practice by developing networks of small firms with large firm

'mentors' or by working with groups of customers and suppliers, as

well as through information technology.

'The successful TECs were selected by DfEE in consultation with Investors in People UK, and the Government Offices in the regions, which is where the projects will be happening on the ground. The projects are expected to start later this month.'


1. At the TEC national conference in July, the secretary of

state announced that£500,000 would be made available to help small

firms achieve the Investors in People Standard and TECs were invited

to bid for funding in 1997-98 to develop projects with their local


2. The 12 TEC are:

Central England TEC. Contact: David Blake, 01527 545415.

County Durham and Darlington TEC. Contact: Angie Carr, 01325 351166.

Hampshire TEC. Contact: Rob Munson, 01329 230099.

Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Training and Enterprise.

Contact: Janet Jordan, 01905 723200.

Leicestershire TEC. Contact: Bob Harrop, 0116 265 1515.

Merseyside TEC. Contact: Alan Morris, 0151 236 0026.

North Derbyshire TEC. Contact: Mandy Ambrose, 01246 551158.

North West London TEC. Contact: Jonathan Hollands, 0181 424 8866.

North Yorkshire TEC. Contact: Bill Johnston, 01904 691939.

South & East Cheshire TEC. Contact: Dave Watts, 01606 737009.

Wakefield TEC. Contact: Kate Dallas, 01924 299907.

Western TEC. Contact: Jonathan Morris, 0117 927 7116.

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