From hot yoga to hand grenades, November 2019

Businesses facing issues from start-up expansion to succession planning are finding help with a new series of courses delivered by Goldings and supported by HCUK Training.

Michelle Shenton and David Cartwright of Hot Yoga in Hull have signed up to sharpen their finance skills as they build revenues and recruitment at the business they launched last year.

Siblings at Braun & Co Ltd in Barton on Humber are studying the computerised accounting for business course as they take on more responsibility in the family company.

Golding Computer Services has again been appointed by HCUK. The courses are available fully funded to eligible SMEs through the Humber LEP's investment of money from the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Hot Yoga has increased from between 150 and 180 individual bookings every week to more than 300, with additional revenue coming in from a clothing range, the company's own juices and new services including sound therapy workshops.

Braun was founded in London in 1848 and moved to Barton in the 1930s after it was bought by Reginald Shepherd.

The company had made miniature working models of steam trains and during the Second World War it made grenades. Reg was succeeded by his son Barry in 1974 and expanded into medical products and security equipment.

Still a family firm, the company employs 16 people and offers more than 2,000 products to customers including the NHS, private sector hospitals and UNICEF.

Lucy Lyon, a director of Braun, said: "I did the Level 2 training and my sister is doing it now. Because it's a family business it will be me and my siblings taking it forward and we want to make sure we are trained in every aspect."

Di Garbera, a director of Goldings, said: "The courses are invaluable to businesses because distance-learning enables people to fit the training around their day job and there is funding until December 2020."

To find out more about the courses and funding eligibility contact Di at Golding Computer Services on Hull (01482) 328706, email

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