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27 January 2021

Engine Room @ LeedsBID

Engine Room @ LeedsBID

About Engine Room @ LeedsBID

A central hub enabling consultation and collaboration and delivering support and resources to meet the needs of businesses across the city.

Engine Room @ LeedsBID brings together an array of support functions in one city centre location to enable businesses in Leeds to prosper.

This central hub will lead consultation with and support collaboration between sectors and stakeholders across the city centre to develop and deliver business solutions which best meet the  needs of employers.

Engine Room aims to help improve Leeds as a city, initially during recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and then as part of its continual growth, by supporting and responding to the changes, challenges and opportunities businesses encounter.

It is positioned to provide a responsive and agile service to best meet training and skills requirements, working with the businesses which need it alongside other key partners.

Engine Room @ LeedsBID focuses on five key areas:

  • training and skills – through a broad offer including Leadership & Management, Mental Health, Customer Service and Apprenticeships
  • digital skills – in partnership with Leeds Boost
  • business support including webinars and workshops addressing operational and strategic topics such as support with grant applications
  • room usage – suite of training/meetings rooms for hire, equipped to host on-line meetings and training.
  • providing a central location for Street Support partner organisations which work to keep the city centre safe.

Dianne Wainwright, Head of Business Engagement, said:

“Engine Room @ LeedsBID is an exciting development and will allow us to bring into one place all of the activities, services, support functions, opportunities and advice which collectively, can make a big difference to employers in the BID area.  It is only when these opportunities come together to work in support of each other that the true benefits can be experienced.”

“We know that, moving forward, collaboration will be key, and Engine Room provides a unique opportunity to make this happen. We need to ensure that as a BID, we are flexible in our approach to supporting the changing needs of business.”

Engine Room’s offer includes:

  • free WorldHost COVID-19 online training
  • free Google My Business Support
  • Free redundancy response service (including CV crafting and access to free skills training) for those facing redundancy/at threat of redundancy.
  • Caring for your team – mental health and wellbeing sessions including financial health.
  • Back to Basics support with on-line interview assistance, signposting to reskilling opportunities and help with start-up ideas for any business or employees going through a redundancy process.
  • Leadership and management opportunities working with Leeds City College and Leeds Beckett University. Creation of discussion panels to look at topical issues including new leaderships challenges in a virtual world, night-time economy recovery and planning for 2021.

Future plans will also include a strategic look at topics such as the environment and sustainability, equality and diversity tackling racism in the workplace and the Brexit marketplace.

For further details and to discuss opportunities for business, please contact 07483 867052 or email:

Head of Business Engagement dianne.wainwright@leedsbid.co.uk

Business Executive vicki.freestone@leedsbid.co.uk

Business Support yvonne.kennedy@leedsbid.co.uk

 

Job opportunities available through Engine Room @ LeedsBID