In a significant milestone on the firm’s growth journey, the Director of Highland timber products specialist GMG Energy has achieved success in a highly regarded Scottish university programme aimed at helping SMEs realise their full potential.
The University of the West of Scotland has certified that Malcolm Morrison, owner of the Sutherland-based forestry and sawmilling company, has completed the 2023 Help to Grow: Management course, held in conjunction with Small Business Charter.
The innovative course, part-funded by government and delivered by senior academics, is designed to help SMEs improve their performance, resilience and long-term growth as well as enhancing their management and strategic capabilities.
The intensive programme featured 12 weeks of interactive workshops, 10 hours of one-to-one mentoring with experienced business owners, the design of a bespoke growth plan and valuable networking opportunities.
Malcolm Morrison, Director of GMG Energy, said: “There was a huge variety of modules on the course and I was impressed with the standard of the lectures and their professional delivery. I have made valuable connections within the business community.
“The participants were from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors, including
manufacturers and service providers, which enhanced the learning experience on what was a high-quality course.
“It was challenging to look dispassionately at what we do, and the values we hold, in our business, but it has created the opportunity to consider our growth ambitions from a more strategic perspective.
“I would like to thank Amy Wiggins, the Employer Engagement Executive at Skills
Development Scotland, who was instrumental in helping me secure funding through the Skills for Growth programme.”
Mr Morrison said that the course would catalyse digitisation of GMG Energy, including the creation of its own ecommerce website, enhance communications with clients and stakeholders and ensure branding is aligned with quality.
He also said it had reinforced the importance the firm’s young workforce, and of emphasising to them the value they bring to the company. Most importantly, he said, it was vital to maintain cashflow and sustain profitability.
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