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01 April 2021

Engine Room @ LeedsBID: Spring Overview

Engine Room @ LeedsBID: Spring Overview

Providing people and businesses in Leeds city centre with the practical tools and support needed as they look to return to the workplace post pandemic, the Engine Room @ LeedsBID launches its spring programme of training.

While recovery and development is at the forefront of plans for the city centre, it is important to consider the difficulties faced during the past 12 months.  Lockdown, furlough, home schooling, illness and, in some cases, loss of loved ones and friends have taken the toll on the collective wellbeing in the city.

Recent research by Samaritans has highlighted the impact on people’s mental health, with concerns about knock-on effects such as social isolation, relationship breakdown, loss of income and other financial worries.

A direct response to feedback from sectors and businesses across the city centre, LeedsBID is looking to deliver bespoke training which fills a gap in the market as well as signposting to training and support provided by other organisations in the city.


Better mental health & wellbeing

People are businesses’ strongest asset. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many and it is important to be kind and considerate to others and look for practical ways to support employees either as a leader or an individual.

Sessions delivered by We Are Inclusive Minds include a Mental Health Aware workshop on 13th May, with LeedsBID giving away 8 free places (worth £125) on a first come first served basis. Book your expression of interest via the LeedsBID Eventbrite page https://leedsbid.eventbrite.co.uk/.

The following month, on 28 April, there is an insightful and open conversation about suicide, providing help and advice on how to hold difficult conversations with work colleagues and friends.  Free to LeedsBID levy payers and can also be booked via Eventbrite.


Financial wellbeing

Financial wellbeing is an important element of an integrated and holistic approach to any strategy which includes making a range of tools available to employees to help them take control of and manage their finances effectively.

Online sessions include:

  • Panel of experts – Ryan Harris (Nationwide Building Society), Lesley Dutton (Virgin Money) and Peter Hughes (Skipton Building Society) taking Money and Mental Wellbeing.
  • Finances in a Crisis
  • Options for building a pension pot
  • Good Financial Planning with Martin Teal, Financial Advisor at St James Place.


Digital training

Get help in making the most of your LinkedIn profile with a masterclass from Simon McCaskill at Leeds Boost to best portray your talents and attract opportunities.

To find out more about 10 free spaces for LeedsBID levy payers on 7th  May masterclass (each space is worth £40) visit https://leedsbid.eventbrite.co.uk/


Other training courses

The Engine Room @ LeedsBID continues to offer courses covering a wide range of subjects from First Aid at Work, NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, NEBOSH Fire and Risk Assessment and NEBOSH Diploma (4 Units).

Simply get in touch with the team to discuss training opportunities or other business support: