Panda Education and Training won Start-Up Business of the Year at this years awards. We caught up with them after, here's what they had to say about their win:
1.) How did it feel to win a Caerphilly Business Forum Award?
We were finalists last year in the same category but lost out to the wonderful Volare! So, we were pleased to have been shortlisted again, and were ecstatic when we won! It was a proud moment for the whole team.
2.) How did you find the experience of the Awards night?
There was a great atmosphere at Llechwen Hall. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces from the Caerphilly Borough who we have met along our Start-Up journey.
3.) How do you strive to make a difference in the Caerphilly business market?
We want to raise the standard of training delivered in the area, so that businesses benefit from the training they deliver. Our courses focus on developing the skills of trainers and apprenticeship assessors so that what they deliver is meaningful and impactful; to employers. Training is such an important task and can have real return on investment if delivered well. We aim to improve the skills of those delivering the training / assessment in the workplace through giving them tips and techniques of what works and what doesn’t.
4.) What are your goals for the next 12 months?
Our goal for the next 12 months is to extend our offer into the learning and development functions of businesses. We have designed a course called “Impact! Getting the most out of your staff training” which focusses on how people learn best in the workplace, how to adjust training to meet everyone’s needs and how to deliver it in an engaging way. We also want to develop and deliver impactful management skills training. We want to expand our team gradually, so that we can support more businesses, but keep the high-quality service we are passionate about.
5.) What is the biggest lesson you have learned in the last 12 months of your business?
The biggest lesson we have learnt is not to undersell yourself. Decide the value that you are worth and stick to it.
6.) What one piece of advice would you give to any aspiring entrepreneurs?
Having your own business with the sense of achievement you feel about building something from nothing is fantastic. But expect to put in the hours of work, and don’t forget the reason why you started the business in the first place – your passion has to be strong enough to get you through the difficult times!