A North Yorkshire entrepreneur is planning to take on more staff and double her business turnover within the next three years.
Jo Thompson, managing director of Spectrum Cleaning Solutions – a firm which distributes cleaning products, paper disposables, janitorial supplies and washroom services to businesses throughout Yorkshire and Teeside – obtained the interest of Goldman Sachs, who then invested in her by funding 100 hours of world class business and management education delivered by Leeds University Business School.
Goldman Sachs launched a highly engaging programme called 10k small businesses in 2010 to help enterprises unlock economic and job creation potential for their businesses.
Jo applied for a place on the programme early this year and was delighted when she was selected from 100’s of applicants to be one of 30 delegates.
Recently graduated from the programme at Leeds University, Jo said:
“This is the best thing I have ever done and as a result of attending 12 workshops, one to one coaching and mentoring sessions and access to academics and professional experts.
“I have now developed a customised business growth plan which details the direction of Spectrums business strategy and expansion plans over the next three to five years.”
“Taking time out to attend this programme, allowed me to work on the strategic development of my business which was so refreshing.
“Small enterprises play a vital role in creating jobs and driving economic growth in the UK.
“I believe I am now much better equipped to ensure my business grows sustainably in the future safeguarding jobs and contributing to the local economy.”