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Porton Biopharma

Leading health and life science business Porton Biopharma Limited (PBL) were corporatised out of Public Health England in 2015 to enable them to grow the business of developing and manufacturing life-saving products, including for example Erwinase® which is used in the treatment of childhood leukaemia.

As a rapidly expanding business PBL identified the need to provide support for new managers joining the company and to offer existing managers development opportunities. PBL also wanted to take advantage of the skills service offered by Higher Futures to assess individual needs. Once assessed Higher Futures then approached a number of class-leading universities around the country to submit proposals taking into consideration PBL’s preference and need.

Higher Futures, Broker Jo Mills managed and supported the training needs analysis and report. As a dedicated resource working closely with the senior management team Jo also delivered:

  • Advice on training options available.
  • Acted as single point of contact liaising with the university providers on PBL’s behalf to request proposals
  • Support in setting up introduction meetings / presentations
  • Regular information, advice and guidance for the employer during the design phase.

The University of South Wales was selected as the provider and are delivering an ILM accredited management training programme for supervisors and team leaders. Delivering the bespoke programme to the 12 strong team not only guarantees enhancing the company’s leadership capability to support business growth but also offers learner’s transferable skills.

Porton Biopharma’s Training Manager Nick Batty is delighted with the service, Nick said:

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I have found the Higher Futures skills service outstanding, we worked well with Jo who really listened to what we wanted. The service and communication have been much better than we could have anticipated. I would definitely recommend the service to other employers. speech-close

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