Flooring company supports expansion with training programme

A top-to-bottom commitment to training is driving the development of a flooring business which is lifting the ceiling on its expansion plans.

Paul Hood and Son Flooring Ltd increased turnover by more than 50 per cent during the last year and is heading for higher growth having secured a partnership with a national project management company.

At the heart of the success is a training programme with Golding Computer Services which invests in apprentices at the younger end of the workforce and in experienced staff at the other end.

Julie Dunham, who admits to being closer to 60 than 50, has topped up her admin and IT skills with a book-keeping course and is now pursuing a Level 2 qualification in computerised accounts.

She said: “I’ve had all sorts of IT training in the past and I thought I had finished with training at my age. But this is something we need so I’m doing it and I am keen to learn.

“Most of my training is at Goldings’ office but I can do it online and Di provides telephone support. Goldings have also helped us find other courses to cover the rest of the training that we need for upskilling our workforce. I have found them a great company to work with.”

Di Garbera, General Manager at Goldings, said: “This is a great example of a company which recognises the importance of upskilling its workforce across the board as it expands and secures new contracts.
“We have more than 30 years’ experience in Sage training and we specialise in sourcing funding for courses. In this case we have also used our network of contacts to help the company find the other training that they need.”

The rewards for the company, based at Chamberlain Business Park in Hull, have been an increase in turnover from £465,000 to £713,000 during the past 12 months and a confidence that the new financial year will see them break through the £1 million ceiling.

Paul Hood said: “We have spent the last six months restructuring the business, upgrading operating systems and upskilling our people to prepare for bigger jobs. We have also done a lot of market research and identified the growth sectors. Now we want to take a step up. Rather than being a sub-contractor we want to get higher up the ladder, working directly with developers.”

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