Richard Williams, Director of Williams Financial Planning in Wrexham, and Deeside-based Comtek Network Systems’ HR Director Christine Sheibani are among the cohort to begin the new 20Twenty Business Growth Programme in Rossett.
Up to 30 senior managers and executives are in attendance on the course, which is 70% funded by the European Social Fund via Welsh Government.
Richard has been at the helm of the family firm for 10 years – alongside business partner Lee – and joined them in 1991.
He says the secret of their success is to keep learning and staying at the forefront of advances in the finance sector.
“We are always looking to better ourselves and the 20Twenty programme will give me the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and develop my leadership skills and business planning strategies,” he said.
“We have 15 employees and regulation demands that we undertake continuous personal development (CPD) but we always strive for improvement and want to learn new skills to service our clients to the best of our abilities.”
Richard, a qualified coach and referee at Wrexham Rugby Club, added:
“We have developed a great team and had a very successful 2018. We have some fantastic opportunities in 2019 and want to hit the ground running to make the most of them.
“We are excited about some of the new software developments coming – not least the rollout of our new app – and I believe taking part in 20Twenty will give us a great start to the year so we can move forward with these developments.”
Christine Sheibani is also confident the course will benefit their organisation, a pan-European provider of repairs, spares and support to the telecoms, datacoms and network service arena.
She has been with the company – founded by her entrepreneur husband Askar 30 years ago – since 2005.
“The Comtek group has grown significantly and now incorporates Sorrento Networks UK and Sorrento Inc. We have around 60 workers in Deeside and smaller offices in Belfast, Reading, San Francisco, Frankfurt and Amsterdam,” she said.
“Our engineers need to keep abreast of technology and constantly update their knowledge of an ever-increasing range of repairs, so across all departments personal development is key, including human resources (HR).
“As a joint owner of the business I need to have sufficient knowledge in all areas of what we do in order to understand the impact of the decisions being made.
“I need to be able to take time to stand back and see the whole picture. I want to have a greater impact on our key strategies and feel that I need further knowledge and training to be able to do this, or at least to feel confident in my ability to do this.”
“I particularly want to learn from the finance modules of the course as this is something which I have not formally studied before.
“I also believe that learning from the other businesses on the course will be a great opportunity and look forward to hearing the motivational speakers which are planned.
“I hope that my company will be able to learn how to grow faster but in a sustainable and planned way. In turn this should lead to greater motivation and engagement for our employees.”