Newsletter and bids 39 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and Views and bids Grants and funds.  We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have some 47 pages. Thanks also to our sponsor Richard at Net Security Training who can be contacted at

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:


Ok so you get the newsletter you open and you have the basic news bits but you want all the pages with bids grants and Funds you press the Red Download button. 


Next yes my new website for Classifieds is coming out soon and will be in touch just a few items left to do and this will be with you.


  • Ok this week going to start off with some jobs, Maybe not you but you may know someone East London Essex Borders require a Principle for Training Provider: Looking for active Hands On Three days a week or Full Time. Wage from £40,000 to £45,000 depending on Experience  Daily wage could also be arranged for Part Time  
  • Next East London Provider is looking for an Employer Engagement specialist
  • Midlands well respected Provider is looking for  Commercial Construction  and Functional skills/AEB trainers in the Midlands and North East in you know of any candidates CVs to me please no Agency.
  • Three years experience as Operation Coordinator or Project Manager, looking for work with a training provider in East London. Has managed various funding projects independently during my tenure of 3 years, including many Primes, Employers and awarding bodies. Requests for CV to me
  • Also for West London required Construction Assessors, EQA Level 2 and level 3 CVs to in fact all items above e-mail me


Research shows that after receiving a promotional product 89% of people remember the company for up to two years and at least 80% of us have at least one promotional product that we could lay our hands on right now. Promotional products have a lasting impact, far more than a digital advert that is at the top of your Twitter feed one minute and gone within seconds.

Recognition Express North London helping businesses to make a lasting impression on their customers. Call Martin on 07400 552066, email


Many people know I am an Ambassador for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and the Midlands Business & Community Charity Awards 2019 people have asked me about it so here are some details. The TV presenter’s Alex Beresford and Trish Adudu are set to host the Midlands Business & Community Charity Awards 2019.

The event, which attracted more than 550 guests in 2018, will once again take place at the Holte Suite, Aston Villa FC.  Acclaimed TV presenter Alex Beresford, is one of the most familiar faces on TV as a weather presenter on the nation’s most talked about breakfast programme, ‘Good Morning Britain’, as well as presenting on ITV’s long-standing current affairs programme ‘Tonight’ and reaching the semi-finals of ‘Dancing on Ice’ 2018.

Beresford has been confirmed as co-host for the black-tie dinner on Saturday 16th November. Beresford will be joined alongside former ‘Loose Women’ and BBC radio and Midlands Today presenter Trish Adudu.  The annual, glitzy event is aimed at showcasing people that are not only excellent in business and the community but who are also selfless, considerate to others and that go the extra mile. The event is a celebration of all the wonderful deeds that are being done in the region and is one of the only events to celebrate unsung heroes in the Midlands. Last year’s sold out ceremony seen over 35 finalists get recognised, 12 selfless businesses and individuals crowned worthy winners for the outstanding work they do and Sir Lenny Henry accept the Lifetime Achievement Honorary Award. 12 awards will be handed out on the night, including Community Unsung Hero and Shero, Mentor of the Year, Outstanding Business of the Year and Most Inspirational Person of the Year.

The Headline sponsors for this year’s event are Aston University and the Police Crime Commissioner.

MBCC Event Director, Tru Powell said: “I am really pleased with the response the MBCC Awards has had this year. This event is truly for the people, by the people and I am delighted by the support the event has received.

This year we have received a record number of nominations, which further highlights the event’s growth year on year.

I am delighted that this year we have both Alex and Trish joining us to host the event. They have a vast amount of experience and I am excited to see what they bring to the team”


CLINKS NEWS: seeking new office space Clinks’ team has grown in numbers and we’re outgrowing our current office space. We’re looking for a larger space, approximately 1000 square feet in Central London. If you have space in your offices and you’d like us to move in with you, or if you know of any suitable space to let, please contact


Mental Health First Aid England is offering accredited mental health first aid courses, ideal for line managers and people who come into contact with people who may be experiencing mental ill-health. Its two-day course, which qualifies participants as Mental Health First Aiders, is generally £300 per delegate, but Clinks members can get a reduced rate of £200 per delegate and a five-for-four offer (£800 for five delegates from the same organisation). For more details and dates in London, Manchester, Derby, Nottingham and Birmingham, please email quoting reference Clinks2019 and find out more here


Ok I have seen some three or four organisations who have had the NEW Ofsted EIF so what do I say well here are my top Ten tips

1 Look at the New Requirements

2 look at all your Learning lesson Plans and review

3 Get staff feedback and learners feedback an see what it means.

4 Show how you look at Prior Learning

5 re Visit your Induction look at how you decide what your Initial Assessment tells you.

6 Look Behaviour and attitudes

7 Read what is noted here There were no lesson observations, or sifting through success rate data: at most, the inspectors spent 40 minutes talking about success rates, but had “endless conversations” with staff about impact.

“They really get under the skin of why you’re doing it, how you’re doing it and what the impact is of what you do,” Deaville found.

8 Think quality education and Intent, Implementation and Impact

9 Look at going through your whole process of who you take on in learning and will what you offer  gets them ready for the next stage of education, employment or training. Where relevant, they gain qualifications that allow them to go on to destinations that meet their interests, aspirations and the intention of their course of study.

10 Do not wait start today and get ready for deep divng do staff know and update their knowledge of what they teach.

Looking at Courses it appears and many thanks to Miranda Owen she notes that she uses the ACAS one as they do a free on line Mental Health Awareness course. She notes I get all my learners to do it.

They have some other free ones there as well


 Welcome again to Sam’s Wall!  I’ll try not to mention it but…….. Brexit……….. let’s leave it there shall we…… WHAT a WEEK in the House of Commons!!!!

Well, as a champion and support of Women in Business, I’m going to talk about Forward Ladies who have a regional and national reach across the UK and beyond, serving members with monthly training and networking opportunities as well as bespoke industry-specific leadership programmes.  If you are a woman in business I highly recommend you join this organisation (I am totally unbiased and don’t gain anything from recommending them to you).  They believe in the power of connections, online and face-to-face, so they offer a range of opportunities and experiences to start conversations because you never know where it can take you.

Forward Ladies – it isn’t like other Women’s Networks

Their mission is to create a global platform that connects women to opportunities, networks, businesses and expertise that empowers them; they wish to close the gender gap in business.  Since 1999, Forward Ladies have worked closely with some of the biggest names in business, creating innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations – which also helps companies to achieve much-needed diversity in leadership and the wider business community.

High profile clients include HSBC, Yorkshire Water, Sage UK, United Utilities and Hitachi Rail who trust the organisation to deliver bespoke female-friendly programmes to complement other initiatives; catering to their female staff, customers and suppliers.

Up and down the country in most major UK regions you can find a Forward Ladies Power Business Breakfast Club, there are also a range of online Webinars which help you brush up on business skills.

Here’s one such Webinar taking place on 26th November, it’s open to everyone, member or not, obviously if you aren’t a member there is a small charge.

 How To Make The Most of your Training Budget (Webinar):

If you’re interested in joining Forward Ladies, have a look here;

The Forward Ladies National Awards & Summit (Tickets available for members and non-members)

On top of this, each year Forward Ladies hold regional award nominations.

The organisation recognises the achievements of businesswomen in the UK, through their regional and national awards, the National Awards & Summit is a showcase and celebration of the achievements of successful women across the UK.

Their national awards will take place in Leeds on 29th November and tickets are still available for anyone who wishes to go.

I’m really happy to say that a colleague of mine, Carol Ann Whitehead has made it through to the finals and I’m hoping to attend the national awards to support her.

I’ve mentioned Carol many times before in my newsletter section, but here is a reminder, she’s co-founder of the global Ada Lovelace Wikieditathon at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, Director at The Zebra Partnership (Campaign, Events & Publishing Specialist), Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Campaigner, 50:50 Parliament Ambassador, United Nations SDG Advocate for The People’s Hub, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts., Guest Lecturer at The University of Manchester and many more things besides!

Get your tickets for the Forward Ladies National Award Final:


Entries open for the FSB Awards 2020 !

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that smaller businesses and the self-employed make to the UK, it is also a key date in the business diary! Entering the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards is easy. The awards are free to enter and are open to all smaller businesses and the self-employed, whether they are current FSB members or not. Criteria for entry is wide, it’s any UK based company or sole traders (companies can have up to 250 employees).

There are a number of different areas for a range of awards and business sectors and each has its own deadline

If you’re interested in entering


Sponsorship Opportunities (FSB Awards)

This provides a great opportunity to position your brand alongside a high profile marketed event that champions the best smaller businesses in the country. Your brand will be at the forefront of the awards either at a local or national level through the combined power of  marketing platforms, extensive promotion, websites, emails, social media and direct marketing.  Award ceremonies will take place from February 2020 through to April 2020. The formal awards dinner on the evening of the UK Final will be held in London and is expected to be a sell-out, attracting over 500 guests, made from area winners, the judges, sponsors and other VIPs. It promises to be an incredible night of celebration and recognition.

Each region’s ceremony will provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the very best small businesses across each area.

That’s all from Sam’s Wall this week! Have a great week ahead and speak to you next week!

Sam  X


Late entry Job Team Manager

The main purpose of the Team Manager role at Achieve North West Connect [£35,181, full time, Preston] is to manage the team and have oversight of the day to day delivery of sub-contractors. Sub-contractors offer a range of specialist services including mentoring, training courses, volunteering opportunities and work placements. Additionally, the team manager has a key function in developing and sustaining partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders. The role is based in Preston, but there is an expectation of travel across the North West, including to the head office in Liverpool. Apply before 7th October here


 Tip I: Two-night hotel stay near Giant’s Causeway. Save 50%. Details


Tip 2 Two-course carvery meal for two. £14.99. Details


Tip 3: 160ft bungee jump – eight locations. Save 41%. Details


All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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