December 7 2013 Latest news:
By ANNE EDWARDS
Thursday, October 3, 2013
When Hilary Hale was made redundant from the training job she loved, she dusted herself off and plunged her expertise right back into her own consultancy.
And she is aiming her extensive knowledge at small businesses in the Great Yarmouth community, an area she knows well.
Hilary said: “I was head of training for a large company with retirement only a few years off when I was made redundant.
“It was shattering and my confidence plummeted. I felt that my career had finished on a low when I had been used to a fast pace on a daily basis which I had always thrived upon.
“However, with the help of previous colleagues, family and friends, I realised I had a vast amount of experience which although no longer wanted by my previous employer, there were other businesses that would benefit from all I could offer.”
Hilary found NWES on the web as she was searching for inspiration and she booked onto their introduction course.
She said: “It awoke a new way of thinking and gave me confidence to forge ahead. I have been very lucky to receive the benefit of their knowledge and support.”
Hilary now offers training to other businesses understanding that training of staff always leads to more business, and a better way of running a business.
However, it can be costly for a small business to have a dedicated expert on the payroll. Hilary though is the answer.
“The smaller business often has to rely on existing product knowledge, awareness of health and safety issues and staff suggestions and to enter into the training arena and pay a high price if the training is not suitable or competitive in cost.
“The primary purpose is not to obtain business through the supply of training but to offer support to the business as it expands and grows.
“This can be through carrying out a training needs analysis, completing staff appraisals and implementing a training structure which helps the business increase profit through having high quality full trained staff,”
Hilary added: “A lot of staff members will talk to an outsider and people opening up will highlight training needs or if there is a spot of bother looming.”
Her offer is a free first consultation so Hilary can show businesses what she can do for them.
“Then they can borrow me,” she explained. Instead of have a full-time training officer, she will go in and work with them as and when needed, maybe just for half a day.
“My expertise will certainly be cheaper than employing a training manager, even part-time,” she added.
“With the expansion of the energy sector, local businesses will want to enter the market place ready to tender with highly qualified staff to meet this drive.”
And Hilary feels companies using her consultancy should see it as a support leading to success in whatever their market place is in.
The decision to go-it-alone and turn her skills and knowledge into her own business is one Hilary is not regretting, so much so she is planning on opening her own office next month.
“The high is when you are recognised and appreciated for your skills which is a confirmation that the decision to work for yourself was the right one.
“My biggest tip therefore is always to have confidence and believe in yourself. More importantly, trust to your own instinct.”
Hilary Hale Consultancy, Business Support and Training Consultant, Great Yarmouth.
Tel: 07592 373651
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