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Epoch service launched for North Wales businesses


Businesses in North Wales looking to turn around their fortunes by evoking radical changes will be able to call upon the knowhow of experts from four different business specialisms under a new service being offered by Glyndwr University.

As part of a new partnership with the Institute of Directors North Wales, the university will use its network of contacts within the business industry to put together a team of people to work with struggling businesses – or simply those looking to increase productivity through change.

Any business which feels it could benefit from help is eligible to take part in the scheme, known as Epoch.

Once they contact the university it will identify and appoint leading people from marketing, finance, human resources and operations management to work with them.

Each expert will spend time within the organisation before coming together with the rest of the team to recommend a solution.

Professor Chris Jones said the idea was borne out of a desire to offer ‘out of the box’ solutions to businesses which have the potential to be more beneficial than standard solutions often proposed by management consultants.

Prof Jones said: “Epoch is for any business that needs to radically change, either to grow or to change the culture or fabric of their organisation.

“We have access to a number of very talented professional people and we feel we can provide a tremendous boost to the region’s economy by tapping into their skills more so than ever before.

“I made a promise 18 months ago that I would do everything in my power to make significant changes in the way Glyndwr University supports businesses in this region. These aren’t hollow promises. I’m from Flint and I’m proud to be from North East Wales so I want to help businesses here professionally as well as personally.

“All business owners in the area have worked incredibly hard over the last few years to retain as many people in jobs as they can during tough economic conditions so there are many reasons why we should be offering them help. That is the basis of this Epoch project. It’s all about radical change. As a university in this region we have a responsibility to do more to help.”

Ken Skates, Clwyd South AM and deputy minister for skills and technology at the Welsh Government, launched the scheme along with Prof Jones at Glyndwr University’s Catrin Finch Centre.

He said: “The launch of the Epoch project could not be happening at a more important time. The recent upheaval we’ve seen in all areas of the economy has made everyone in the region re-evaluate their approach to business.

“Epoch will inject a new dynamism into the local economy. It’s a made in Wales partnership which we hope will lead to economic recovery.

“Glyndwr University has an important role to play in the development of talent and skill in North East Wales and I’d like to pay tribute to the contributions which they are making.”

Any business owners or managers who feel they could benefit from the Epoch project should contact Glyndwr University In Business by emailing in-business@glyndwr.ac.uk

For more information about the full range of services which Glyndwr University offers to businesses visit here

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