iSales to support local Chamber following announcement of £2bn Kickstart Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ to help young people get jobs! Your business can join in and help a young person gain some invaluable work experience by offering them a work placement at your company.

This could be perfect for businesses that need an extra pair of hands during these tough times. If you want to test out a young worker because you’re not yet ready to hire an apprentice, then this is also a perfect opportunity.

The Kickstart scheme is a £2bn fund launched by the government to pay for six-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds. It is aimed at those who are on Universal Credit, potentially school leavers or those who have had job offers withdrawn. These individuals must be deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. It will also cover the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

For the latest news about this scheme, click here.

iSales are working in partnership with the Watford Chamber of Commerce who are looking to help their members access the kick-start scheme. The iSales team have offered the Chamber their full support in helping them with the process of finding talent for their members, that wish to take advantage of this scheme.
Contact us for more information.

Cash Bonuses for Employers

Employers could claim cash incentives if they take on new apprentices between August 2020 and January 2021 or if they place new employees (less than 6 months) on apprenticeship courses, to develop new skills to maximise their contribution:

16-18 year olds £3,000 per apprentice/employee

19-24 year olds £2,000 per apprentice/employee

25  +  year olds £1,500 per apprentice/employee

View article in FE week following announcement from the chancellor.

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Managing without boundaries

Already successful, we have adapted the 13 month CMI accredited programme to focus on developing relevant behaviours for strong leadership, to be able to motivate others and manage effectively whatever the environment.

This extraordinary programme can be delivered 100% virtually and will equip valued managers and supervisors with the knowledge and skills that they need. Personal coaching is included to help your managers maximise productivity and tackle any challenges with confidence.

The level 3 apprenticeship programme includes managing remotely, managing safely and managing change. It can be paid for using available levy funds or, through co-investment and could cost less than £20 per month, per employee.

Learn more about iSales or contact me to discuss how we can help you invest in your managers, to drive your business forward!

Selling Through Covid-19’ Webinar Series

The Association of Professional Sales (APS) the awarding body for the Sales Executive Apprenticeship Standard that iSales offer, are opening up their webinars to aid the sales community at this time.

Visit their website to learn more and or to register for webinars such as:

  • Efficient prospecting whilst working from home or self-isolating
  • Remote learning keeps you ahead of the competition
  • Keep Calm Carry on and keep coaching
  • Closing business over the phone
  • How to make your remote selling presentation memorable
  • To sell is still human, and so is leadership
  • Managing Stakeholders using technology
  • Adapting to a New Sales World
  • Communicating remotely with sales team

Running to achieve the £1000 fundraising target

The deadline for this fundraising project is the end of February 2020.

Nine of our fantastic sales apprentices have been busy raising money since December for the Bobath Centre for Children & Adults with Cerebral Palsy! The target is in sight so I have decided to help them by running 10k to support this excellent charity.

The Bobath Centre do fantastic work to offer treatment and advice which improves the lives of young children with Cerebral Palsy. They also help families to feel confident they are handling and communicating with their baby in the best way to optimise development. This creates an important Cerebral Palsy support network throughout Watford and neighbouring counties.

This is a great opportunity for the apprentices from Ryall Marketing, ANT Telecommunications Ltd, Twin Technology Ltd, Amthal Fire & Security, NBM Technology Solutions Ltd & SWR Group to work together to develop their teamwork and sales techniques, all whilst benefiting a very worthwhile cause!

If you would like to follow the apprentices’ endeavours or donate, follow the link:

Good luck team!

Proud to have been appointed as Chair of the Watford Chamber of Commerce

The Watford Chamber of Commerce is supported by an excellent board of directors made up of local representatives from successful businesses. It is an innovative organisation focused on providing value to its members through offering a range of events that they can get involved in to grow their networks. Members benefit from high performing networking events as well as marketing and social media support. They are also encouraged to get involved in the unique Chamber of Conscience activities that can help them to bring their CSR policies to life, whilst at the same time making a real difference to the community. I am looking forward to joining in with this positive difference, as well as working alongside Chris Luff and Saffron Johnson to name but a few!

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about how you can join this thriving community of businesses. There are also plenty of free events coming up – why not come and see for yourself?


Successful Networking Event

Thank you Watford Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Bank for hosting this excellent event that provided some of our Sales Apprentices with a fantastic opportunity to practice their presentation, communication and networking skills in a live environment.

It was a hugely successful event in which our apprentices were tasked with signing-up new members. All of them grew in confidence and even generated some new leads to take back to their businesses.

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Level 4 Sales Executive Programme

Whether focused on #Business to Business or Business to Consumer markets, this 18 Month structured training and #coaching programme will help your team prepare for the future. The programme will help your sales team retain valued accounts and generate new business through contacting prospective customers with a view to qualifying opportunities and bringing the sales process to a mutually acceptable close.

It is easier than you think to access funding for training. At iSales we make it easy for you and offer clear advice and guidance at every step. Why not use your #apprenticeships Levy or government funding to develop your sales team.

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