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Training takes off for expanding Heywood business

06 March 2017

Michael Bamford. A decision to 'quit the day job' and join a new business is paying dividends for Heywood resident Michael Bamford.

Originally working at heights as a scaffolder in Buxton, Michael was given the opportunity to join a new venture, supplying independent inspections of scaffolds on building sites. He took the plunge and joined the company, delivering his own safety inspections and training courses. TASC (Training Assessment Training Consultants) was born in Burnley, but with the majority of his clients located around Manchester in 2012 he moved the company to his hometown,  inside the distinctive location of The Old Police Station – now managed workspace in Heywood town centre, run by us.

"I was really impressed by the facilities such as a managed reception, free parking, and a supply of meeting rooms that we could use to deliver our training courses in. Customers loved the building, it's got loads of character and is well cared for. As well as the data connectivity meaning I could plug in from anywhere and access our IT network, the physical location was perfect too, close by the M62, M60 and M66 motorways so a really convenient place for our clients to get to." said Michael.

By 2015 the company had expanded within the centre, by then up to 5 staff, 2 bigger offices and its own training room. As the size of the company grew, so did its list of services, now offering over 30 accredited health and safety courses as well as consultancy services to businesses large and small.

"Having the flexibility of being able to expand within the centre was a real bonus – and we could even deliver scaffolding training in one of the rooms as the ceiling was so high!!  The gardens and car park were also used, being so close to the town centre was great and the original features of the building were always a talking point amongst our conference delegates – it's not every day you do your training in an old police station!!"

'A great environment to be in and it no doubt played a big part in our progress over the past 5 years'

With demand for their services rising and a growing client base across the UK, it was time for the company to move again, and last year they expanded into a purpose built training and conference centre on Bury New Road in Heywood.

With the company now looking to deliver its best quarter results in a decade and on course for another increase in annual turnover, Michael is pleased to be the latest Heywood success story to come out of the managed workspace at The Old Police Station:

"Looking back at our progress over the years and particularly as I'm from the area, it's great to have been able to build the business here in Heywood.  Being in The Old Police Station amongst other like-minded businesses was a great environment to be in and it no doubt played a big part in our progress over the past 5 years."

Rochdale Borough Council Leader Councillor Richard Farnell said:

"TASC are another great example of how our managed workspaces can help a company grow, giving them a helping hand and the support that they need. To see them expand into bigger premises last year and their commitment to Heywood is excellent and I look forward to their continued success."

Next on the horizon for Michael, TASC are developing more bespoke courses working with builders and housing associations and are now an accredited CITB training centre, meaning staff in companies across the UK are coming to Heywood to take their courses.

"Getting the national accreditation was a key development for us, and another way of putting something back into the local economy as we've regularly got delegates from across the country coming and staying overnight in Heywood."

"We're also starting to use drones for site surveys of things like roofs, balconies and green spaces. This looks like being a growing market for us in 2017."

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