As well as the hectic day-to-day duties of running a business, we all need to keep an eye on what the future has in stall. Planning and investment is critical to moving forwards and that is exactly what Colour Connection have been doing. This year they have successfully been granted funds by the University of Gloucestershire, through contacts at The Growth Hub, to invest in a near £70,000 project for both internal and external benefits, creating new jobs for young Gloucestershire talent in the process.
Richard, MD, says This will improve the current service that we offer our customers. We will be able to recruit new talent into the business as well as being able to increase our skill sets, train new staff and upskilling existing team members.
The mission is to utilise this amazing opportunity to improve IT infrastructure and protect the business, after all, we are in the age of cyber-attacks and digital risks. Justin Richmond and Simon Leonard, from Tech Op, completed an IT infrastructure audit, giving a solution to move forward and be able to put a comprehensive threat management system in place to cover the business and clients. Not only that, everything can be backed up to cloud services and existing computer hardware will be replaced with new equipment to increase productivity. Importantly, for clients benefit, purchasing a new large format printer will make the quality of service better and cost effective. It will enhance the existing reputation with the NHS and help with future tender applications.
A New Year brings an exciting change for Leanda Bickley as well, who has been promoted to Director.
Having worked for Colour Connection for 8 years as Sales and Marketing Manager, Leanda has been an integral part of the Colour Connection success. Having proven herself in raising the profile of the business locally, as many of you will know, Leanda has also excelled in developing the non-contract sales arm for the business and has always built strong and lasting relationships with clients. Leanda has always adapted well to the changes and challenges of business, and was key to the introduction of the in-house Performance Management System, continually growing sales and creating the overall fun and productive culture seen today.
In addition, new recruits Chris Hobbs and Aisha Okoro have settled in to new roles. Chris is working as a print assistant and Aisha in Digital Marketing and Business Administration. Aisha has been recruited through an apprenticeship programme and has already made quite an impression through developing a 2017 marketing plan as well as helping with charity partners, Cheltenham Community Projects, on their annual Christmas Hamper Scamper.