VA Consultants

We live in a world of constant change and that is why businesses need to keep up to speed with technology and making sure their workforce has the right skills to do the job.

In today’s competitive business world, companies need to make sure that their presentations and pitches are the best if they are to win new contracts.

VA Consultants based in Stainton, near Kendal, helped its workforce to do just that.

The management consultancy does most of its work outside Cumbria.

Becky Viccars, consultant and head of corporate services for the firm, said: “We run leadership development and organisational development projects and programmes with blue chip clients like Mercedes Benz, Britax, Travis Perkins and Highways England as well as other firms.

“The business has been operating in various forms for 28 years but the VA Consultancy was formed in 2016.

“It has nine employees.”

Employees of VA Consultants completed a City and Guilds Level 2 IT Users Powerpoint course in May. The course, which was funded by The Edge, was conducted in house by Kendal College.

The aim of the course was to improve participants understanding, use and knowledge of this software to engage better with clients, customers and stake holders, leading to overall business development.

Becky said: “The training has really benefited our business.

“The four who attended the course were Martin Saunders, Andy Harmer, Andy Read and Rob Kelly.

“We do a lot of work for our clients and some of this involves pitching ideas to them. We have to do things right and we need the quality to be there.

“We have, in the past, had to outsource a lot of this kind of work to create the right image but since doing the course we can now do most of these presentations and pitches in house with a bit of support from other members of the team.”

A few of the employees have gone on to complete an Excel course.

“It has helped in terms of putting proposals together,” said Becky.

“We are now able to do things and do things better than what we have been able to do so before. It’s been a massive benefit to us.

“The employees are now self-sufficient and also able to give others, who they had previously drawn on for help, tips and advice.

“The quality of the presentations we now produce has increased significantly and time spent figuring things out has been reduced. It’s been a really worthwhile use of time.”