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Training for small businesses

A small business is defined in many ways.
Section 382 of the Companies Act 2006 states that a small company is one with a 'turnover of not more than £6.5 million, a balance sheet total of not more than £3.26 million and not more than 50 employees.'
Wikipedia says that it is one 'that is privately owned and operated, with a small number of employees and relatively low volume of sales ... In the European Union, a small business generally has under 50 employees.'

Both of these eminent sources are, in our opinion, too 'broad brush' to be of much use in any operating sense.
For example, an accountant or lawyer has no cost of sale, whereas an IT reseller may have direct costs of 98%, so any distinction based on pure turnover is largely meaningless.

We see the most useful distinction as being one of culture and operation

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Small Business Culture and Operation

Every business is different, but we'd suggest these are the general rules:

Resources are limited with each person often fulfilling a number of roles.

Budgets are small, and often – especially where training is concerned – not planned or allocated in advance.

Time frames are often short because, once made, a decision usually needs to be implemented quickly.

How does this relate to training?   Put simply, because every person in your company is important, they need the skills to deal with a wider range of duties than people who work in bigger companies.  Although you may try to pass on knowledge internally, you don't really have the time to do it properly, so you need to find a training provider you can trust, who will make your job of organising training easy and stress-free.

Do I need training ?   Employees in small companies need training ! They multi-task, working to short deadlines and within tight limits. They are your lifeblood, and targeted training will make them more productive, happier and an even greater asset to you.   The return on investment in training can be staggering.

Who do I choose ?   Take a look at our history. We started from nothing in 1995, and despite our growth, we are still privately owned, and extremely practical and down-to-earth in our approach. We understand small businesses like few others.

Activia Training and Small Businesses

Here are ways in which Activia will make your training easier and better:

  • We are your One Stop Shop for all your training.
    Just look at all the courses we run: whether it's desktop software, job-related skills or even management training, we'll have what you need.
  • Low prices to minimise your costs.
    And it is volume and efficiency that make us competitive, not lower standards, so you can be sure that the service you get will be among the best in the market
  • Friendly training advisors who will help you to make the best decision.
    Small businesses do not have specialised training resources, and even if you have experience of training, you still need someone who you can rely and trust to give you the best advice.
  • Free online skills check so your staff can be matched to our courses.
    So when you send someone on a course, they are training at the right level.
    You avoid the complete waste of sending someone on the wrong course !
  • Free online bespoke course builder if you have specific training needs.
    This enables you to create your own course, which can be run at your offices or at one of our centres, with content that addresses exactly the subjects you need.
    As a small business, this is an ideal way of focusing your resources
  • Assured quality With accreditations from ISO9001, the IITT and the ILM, we have proven standards which guarantee that our levels of service are of the highest standard.

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