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Launch of the People Skills Project hosted by CIPD Chartered Institute of Professional Development

26 September 2019
09:30 - 12:00

The People Skills project provides "free-at-the-point-of-use” HR and people management support to help improve the performance of small firms.

It is funded by the Government’s Business Basics Fund (which helps test and evaluate new ways of boosting small business productivity and profits), run by CIPD, and supported by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub, WMCA and the local universities and further education colleges.

It is enabling Birmingham businesses employing up to 50 people, to access:

  • a People Management "Health Check”,
  • other online resources, and
  • up to two days of very high quality, face-to-face and telephone HR advice and support, in the areas which each SME says they’d most welcome. This is provided by around 6 highly experienced local SME HR consultants, who are all Chartered Members and Fellows of the CIPD.

Previous People Skills pilots in Glasgow, Stoke and Hackney East London, found that there was a real need for basic people management support among small firms, for example in drawing up employment contracts and job descriptions, managing absence and performance, and improving employee training and development. It also helped SMEs to identify previously unrecognized People Management weaknesses, and begin to address them.

In terms of impact, previous research suggests this type of intervention can help boost the local economy; by improving SME owner manager confidence, workplace relations and labour productivity.

In addition, the project will enable better future relationships between SMEs and HR consultants; by providing evidence to SMEs and HR consultants, and policy makers, on:

  • the impact on SMEs workplace relations, productivity and financial outcomes, created by high quality HR and people management support, and
  • engaging "hard-to-reach” SMEs, who don’t currently access local business growth networks.  

If you have any questions regarding the event or how we can work with you, please contact

The workshops are available free of charge but the equivalent cost of delivering them would count as state aid at full market rates. All companies in the European Union are entitles to receive up to 200,000 Euros in government aid in a 3 year period under State Aid de minimis regulations. If you would like more information regarding State Aid please visit:



26 September 2019

09:30 - 12:00


108 Digbeth
West Midlands
B5 6DT

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