LBS Builders Merchants focus on staff development

LBS Builders Merchants held a graduation event for the women who have attained their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) awards, which form part of gender equality charity Chwarae Teg’s wider career development programme.

This is the third year that the business has enrolled staff on Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 career development programme, which is fully funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.  It is a unique and inspirational initiative, helping working women develop knowledge, confidence and skills for team leading or managerial roles.

Ray Laidlaw, training manager, LBS Builders Merchants Ltd, said: “I am extremely proud of our learners and how they have applied themselves to the career development programme. They have not only gained key leadership skills valued by us as an employer, but also developed their own confidence.

As a business, we aim to provide excellence in customer service through the commitment and knowledge of all our staff, and working with Chwarae Teg helps us to do that. While there isn’t formal graduation this year, we have created our own presentation to our learners to celebrate their achievements and give them the recognition they deserve.” Kirstie Hackett Transport and HS Manager Administrator receiving her award from her line manager Andy Bunston Transport and HS Manager

Margaret Edwards, senior delivery partner, Chwarae Teg, added: “It’s been a pleasure working with LBS staff and fantastic to see them being congratulated on their achievements. As a business LBS demonstrates a clear commitment to ensuring female staff are able to prosper and become future leaders.

“We have a dedicated team at Chwarae Teg who provide expert coaching, mentoring and training designed to empower women to achieve their ambitions.”

If you are an employer, also interested in maximising the potential of female staff, you can find out more at Enquires are also welcome via or 0300 365 0445.

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