Tomrods - steel servicing and stock holding warehouse
iKoustic's Adagio acoustic baffle - noise reduction product
A Tomrods company truck inside a large manufacturing warehouse
A soundproofing product made by iKoustic which shows orange materials on a ceiling

Andrew Shakespeare, Managing Director of Tomrods, said: “We are confident that the mKTP will assist us in our post-pandemic strategy to drive performance and productivity by at least 20%. It will support our vision of an empowered workforce and drive a change in culture where we all work together as a team - for the benefit of all.

“We are looking forward to the status quo being challenged and embracing change. We are keen to reduce crisis management and increase our focus on strategic management and building greater efficiencies in to the business.”

The partnerships will also bring training and development opportunities for staff at iKoustic and Tomrods through Leeds Beckett – as well as live commercial projects for students at the University to work on with the businesses.

Both companies first began their relationship with Leeds Business School by joining the Government-funded Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) last year.

Andrew Shakespeare said: “The SBLP project provided an excellent framework for developing our business and built on a new strategy that we developed as a result of the pandemic, focusing on customer segmentation. We have also been focusing on productivity and SBLP provided tools to support this initiative - and resulted in the decision to apply for the mKTP. The Leeds Beckett team quickly grasped the challenges we were facing and facilitated the successful application.”

Rick Parsons added: “The team at Leeds Beckett are consistently able to deliver high quality learning and development programmes for businesses. They demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what we require at each step of the way – and have armed us with the skills and tools to help in today’s business environment.”

The mKTPs have received financial support from the UK government department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through Innovate UK.

The 24-month graduate jobs – Business Optimisation Manager at Tomrods, and Strategic Development Manager at iKoustic, are now open to applications – for full details and to apply for a position, please visit Leeds Beckett Jobs.

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