This week, Exponential Training shared the success of the Erasmus+ project, Educational Package for SMEs to Increase their Productivity and Innovation Capabilities (known as EPIC). The conference held at Exponential’s offices in Earl Shilton and showcased the EPIC innovation training resources, self-assessment tool and toolkit.
Using Innovation to Drive Economic Recovery
The conference was packed with practical ideas, tools and resources all designed to help entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their enterprises. Starting and ending with a networking session, the morning conference saw presentations by Exponential’s Managing Director, John Moore and Quality Manager, Anne-Marie Daly.
The delegates were given access to the EPIC training resources, Innovation Wizard and the on-line self-assessment tool. The Erasmus+ project started in 2020 and involved partners from the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Slovakia, and Romania. Partners had to contend with the restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic which impacted on the number of face-to-face meetings held throughout the project.
“The pandemic has hit economies across the globe hard. The importance of small and medium sized enterprises in helping to drive the economic recovery cannot be over overstated – for every European country they are the backbone of the economy. I hope that the EPIC project will live on and help enterprises to bounce back”, commented John Moore.
One of the aims of EPIC was to demonstrate the value of innovation and digitalisation to smaller enterprises. The pandemic lockdowns have catapulted the importance of innovation within enterprises of all sizes and from across all sectors. Exponential innovated much of its delivery and support for its Chartered Management Institute learners with increased use of remote learning, video conferencing and e-learning.
Anne-Marie Daly said, “When the EPIC project was developed as a concept, no one had heard of COVID19. The timing of the EPIC project was ideal for the entrepreneurs and enterprises that took part in the pilot testing of the learning resources and the Innovation Wizard card learning resource. The EPIC project products have already been further developed and adapted by Exponential – they have been integrated into its Level 5 and Level 7 Certificate and Diploma programmes in management and leadership. I am proud that the partners and Exponential has created a legacy of which we can be proud”.
The EPIC products – the learning and training guide, toolkit and the EPIC on-line self-assessment tool – were shared with 36 delegates on the day of the conference. Exponential aims to share the resources with hundreds of managers, learners and enterprises over the coming months. If you would like to receive access to any of the E-Growth resources, contact John Moore on 01455 845071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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