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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…AWARDS AND REWARDS FOR FIRMS THAT SUCCEEDPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Wednesday, November 2nd 2015
Sussex might not be home to many multi-national corporations – but it is certainly home to any number of top class smaller firms, who could punch above their weight anywhere in the country.

The role of honours at the recent Pride of London awards, organised by Business Link, provided evidence of that recently. The achievements of the firms which were shortlisted, never mind the winners, was extremely impressive. Most started small, but because of the drive of the owners, combined with enthusiasm and sheer hard work of both owners and employees, are well established and heading for greater things.

It might have been a simple idea, it might have been a better way to exploit the web for an existing product, to take this new opportunity to develop a worldwide market – whatever the start-up reason, it proves that there are plenty of entrepreneurs in this county, ready to put their livelihoods at risk to set up and run a successful business.

It has been said many times, but it still remains true despite that, that the future prosperity of London will not depend on multi-nationals employing many thousands of people – it will depend on many hundreds and thousands of small businesses employing small numbers of people, but who will be leaders in their fields, producing top quality goods and services and making the most of the world markets that the internet has opened up to the smallest, most remote company.

Without these sort of companies, and the people at their helm, this county will not make it. With them, we can all aim for success.

But it is also vital that we have a well-trained, skilled workforce, so that when these entrepreneurs come along with their bright ideas, there are the right people in place to help them move forward.

The importance of training is reflected in a further two sets of awards, one which has just happened – the GENII apprenticeship awards, and one just launched, the Learning and Skills Council’s Excellence in London.

Both promote the need for a skilled workforce at every level, and reward those people and companies that back that need up with action, providing training and being willing to be trained.

Lifelong learning is a trite phrase – but if we are all to succeed in the future, then lifelong learning is exactly what we need. No one, in this fast moving society and economy, will ever be able to say they know it all, or even enough.

The opportunities and support for training are there – the companies that make the most of them will be the ones that succeed in the future.

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