On behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships we are delighted to publish this toolkit to help more SMEs recruit apprentices.
Of the 5.5 million businesses in the UK, over 99% are small and medium-sized businesses. SMEs are on the frontline of the UK skills market. If the government is going to meet its flagship target of three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020, more needs to be done to encourage businesses of all sizes to take on new apprentices. However, the APPG often hears evidence that SMEs struggle to engage with the system. The resources available to SMEs are often functional but not inspirational.
This toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices. We also make recommendations to government, LEPs, local councils and larger businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.
The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition final was held on 24 May at BP’s headquarters in Sunbury-on-Thames.
Six finalists pitched in a Dragons’ Den style final for a chance to win £3,500 and a year’s package of business support to help them get their business started.
First place went to Louise and Levi Yearwood for their idea to create ‘The Rustic Bar Company,’ recycling wood to make unique and attractive home bars and furniture.
Second place and a prize of £1,500 went to Rachel Hewett who presented ‘Love Home Décor’, another original idea for upcycling furniture and vintage homeware.
Third place and a prize of £500 was awarded to students from Brooklands College. Ariphon Farrell, Jordan Bhadye and Somersby Lock pitched their idea for A&E Time Tracker, a unique interactive patient scheduling system.
The winners’ prizes were presented by Kwasi Kwarteng MP.
Cllr Colin Barnard, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: Congratulations to everyone who took part. We were really impressed with the standard of entry and the professionalism of the presentations given by all the finalists. We are lucky to have so many people with great business ideas here in Spelthorne.”
For details on how to enter next year’s competition, please email email@example.com
This campaign is supported by Spelthorne Borough Council, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Royal Holloway University and local businesses.
Spelthorne Borough Council are commissioning research with Royal Holloway University in conjunction with SBF and other key stakeholders to establish the business case for this. Benefits will be the business community, economy and environment for anyone commuting either way by rail between Spelthorne and London.
This research will be used to lobby the rail company and central government to consider our request.
As part of the lobbying we would like to ask you to give your support to this campaign.
Please send a letter of support for the Spelthorne ‘In The Zone’ campaign to the Transport Minister at the following address;
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road , London, SW1P 4DR
Or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please could you also send a copy of this to:
Kwasi Kwarteng MP – email@example.com
Cllr Ian Harvey (Leader Spelthorne Borough Council) – firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a template letter available upon request by emailing email@example.com
The support of the local business community is really important to this campaign!
The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2018 is open for entries until the 15th April. Kwasi Kwarteng MP has launched the 2018 competition with the chance for one lucky winner will receive a prize of £3,500 plus a year’s business support to help bring their idea to life. This year we will be giving every person who enters a free “Start your own business” book packed full of useful advice and contacts to help all budding entrepreneurs to start their own business. We have also put together a package of mentoring and support with a team of local business advisors and the LEP to help the winner get their business idea off the ground.