Made for Life Organics
Staff development is vital to any business but when you’ve grown by over 50% in just twelve months, it becomes even more important. When Made for Life Organics found itself in exactly that position, Managing Director, Amanda Winwood, turned to the Skills Hub for help developing the skills needed to cope with such incredible growth.
Made for Life Organics hand-blends beautiful 100% organic skincare from its base at the Health & Wellbeing Centre in Truro. With pure and natural being buzzwords for the ingredients used, the skincare is suitable for sensitive and sensitised skin. In fact, the products are so wholesome, they are suitable for people with cancer and as a result, alongside the company sits the Made for Life Foundation which provides holistic support for people diagnosed with and recovering from cancer.
“Last year Made for Life Organics grew exponentially so we’ve needed to focus, regroup and consider what skills we are missing and what we need. The Skills Hub really kick started things for us,” explains Amanda.
“In an initial two-hour meeting with Lisa, one of the Skills Connectors, we reflected on how the business had been going and our future aspirations. From this we were clearly able to identify that we needed additional support and training for at least two members of the team in Excel and negotiation skills. With the Skills Hub support, those courses have already been set up and agreed.
“We also identified that we need additional business administration assistance. Lisa suggested the recruitment of a business administration apprentice as a solution and we are now looking into the options.”
How the Skills Hub has helped
- Referred to Excel training
Coordinated training in negotiation skills
Supported the recruitment of a Business Administration apprentice
So, would Amanda recommend the Skills Hub to other businesses going through rapid growth?
“When you’re a business owner and juggling masses of stuff, the support provided by the Skills Hub has been really helpful,” Amanda continues.
“We would have invested quite a bit of time in training but being able to instantly access courses that were readily available and suited our needs has been invaluable. Having an affiliation with the Skills Hub fast tracked us to get moving.”