Is the skills gap being taken seriously? or is it still a ticking time-bomb?

We keep hearing about the skills gap and how difficult it is to find good well-trained people, many businesses simple can’t attract the right quality of worker now let alone in the future.

If we don’t change the way, we do things the consequences will continue to have a massive impact on our ability to compete at the highest level and to meet our current and future workers employment and business needs.

What’s the true costs of not being able to find the best well prepared talent for your business?

UK’s productivity levels continue to lag behind our competitors and failure to invest in old and new technologies are holding us back.

Here are a few examples of the challenges that we could be facing if this ticking time-bomb is not defused: –

  • Lack of suitable opportunities for our young people.
  • Poor customer care and service.
  • Unacceptable quality of goods.
  • Low value propitiation and apathy.
  • Rising costs of production and low productivity.
  • Unable to invest in the latest technology, processes and systems.
  • Many large and small businesses continue to see their share of the market decline hitting profits, margins and value.
  • Lots of businesses simply not being able do what they say they do.

Who’s responsible for ensuring the issues are addressed the Government, Local authorities, District councils, the Education system, Businesses or Someone else?

We all need to play a part and can start helping by supporting local independent businesses, big business needs to start putting people before profits and getting more involved in their local communities, we need to start setting standards and raising the bar, our children are the future and an asset that we might sometimes overlook.

What do you think?


Bill Fox

 Bill’s vision is to make Kent the best place in the World to run a business  A certified multi award winning International business coach and voted 1 of the top 10 SME business experts in the UK by Enterprise Nation  Founder of The KBA way system ™ for Business Improvement and Growth  Served as Branch and Regional Chairman with the FSB  Served as a National Councillor with FSB  A Kent Ambassador  Business Advisor at the University of Kent Hub for Innovation & Enterprise  Worked with Young Enterprise, Get Mentoring and IOEE Mentoring  Has supported hundreds of companies on all aspects of their business journeys EXPERIENCE: I started my business journey in September 2005 by becoming a certified business coach with the Worlds #1 business coaching firm. Since then I have helped hundreds of clients to achieved extraordinary results. I was trained by some of the best business coaches in the world during my induction in America where I studied and learned my trade. I am also a qualified emotional intelligence coach, again trained by one of the world’s leading emotional intelligence companies Roche Martin® MY BUSINESS: I started my business in 2005 having spent 30 years working for large blue-chip organisations where I gained a huge amount of experience running other people’s businesses, working with teams of people across multiple sites in Europe improving performance, Leadership & Management. I have a huge amount of experience that I can call on to help you and your organisation. TESTIMONIALS: Bill Fox helped get our business to where it is today. A happy, thriving, growing organisation. Bill and Kent BA provide practical and pragmatic assistance in terms of coaching and helping secure external funding. We recommend them strongly!" Data Management Company Bill has been an excellent coach, always supportive and encouraging. He has helped me think outside the box and explore options I hadn't even considered for my business. He tells it as it is and overall offers great support and advice for any new starter or an existing business in need of a boost. Thanks for all your help. Hand Made Furniture Company Bill is a great no nonsense guy that understands what it's like to run a business in the real world. You'll not get "fluffy" from Bill! You'll get great advice even if you don't want to admit it to yourself, he's invariably right! Damn it! He takes time to get to know you and your business and gives timely advice that you can grow & learn from. Thank you, Recruitment Company "Bill is thoughtful, considered and calm. He has a real-world experience and a measured approach. If you're looking for a supportive coach, Bill is your man." Community Volunteer Company Having been in business for over 20 years taking Bill on as my business coach was a difficult decision, working with Bill on my business for over 6 months now – I can certainly see the difference and wished I taken on a coach years ago. I’m working less and earning more and getting better results across the whole business." Blinds & Curtain manufacturer & Supplier

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