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GM Skills Map launches to help futureproof Manchester workforce

Learn about GM Skills Map, a new initiative from the Skills for Growth - SME Support programme, aiming to help bridge the gap between Greater Manchester learners and training providers and encourage futureproof workforce development in our city.

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Grant Funding and Support for SMEs in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors

This article explores grants and funding options available to SMEs in retail, leisure and hospitality and how Skills for Growth – SME Support can help you gain access to the support you need.

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Apprenticeships helping to plug Greater Manchester skills gaps

Apprenticeships are helping plug Greater Manchester skills gaps by providing a practical solution for employers and employees alike. Speak to our Apprenticeship Specialist Suzanne McNicholas for more information.

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Staying happy, healthy and resilient during lockdown

As we plunge into the colder, darker months and adjust to another state of isolation, we must prioritise self-care and remain vigilant with regards to taking care of our mental health.

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Why developing a digital marketing strategy is so important for SMEs

In a time where technology is playing a more prevalent role in our activity day by day, from personal use to the workplace, the need to focus on your individual digital marketing strategy is ever apparent.

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The benefits of training and development during furlough

Reduced staff means reduced productivity, which may result in a lack of skills in critical business areas with inadequate funds to support recruitment to fill the gaps. This is where skills training is critical to the current strategy of SMEs, because it allows employers to redeploy employees at risk of redundancy, with mutual benefit to both the business and the individual.

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Furlough FAQs

In response to the new and updates guidelines for the current furlough scheme, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help employers and employees understand their rights to claim and to unpick some of the grey areas that may be cause for confusion.

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Skills for Growth - SME Support open for business

Skills for Growth - SME Support offical launch amid COVID-19 lockdown to assist to help 4,000 SMEs reskill their workforces and develop 17,000 individual skills plans to help Greater Manchester employees reskill and maximise their potential for the future.