Training spotting

Although an overwhelming 79 per cent of UK companies say they regard training as a priority, only eight per cent set aside any budget for it, according to research by Lloyds Bank’s small-business research trust. The research shows that nearly half of UK manufacturing and 40 per cent of business service firms claim to be suffering from skills shortages, but most provide training only when necessary rather than trying to keep abreast of developments and techniques.

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