Enscite Learning Labs

Our learning labs will support your business in gaining the tools and techniques needed to drive productivity, efficiency and growth. The sessions are delivered online and are suitable for all levels of employee.

A series of funded workshops for SMEs

Enscite is a partnership between the University of Derby and Aston University. The programme supports Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) within the aerospace, rail or automotive supply chain. Enscite is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

What are the workshops about?

This series of online learning labs has been specifically designed for the challenges you may face as a business within the aerospace, rail or automotive sector or as a supplier to these industries. Experts from the University will share with you the tools and techniques you may need to develop your knowledge in the following areas.

Small to medium-size businesses are increasingly recognising the role and contribution of marketing in achieving their performance targets. These sessions provide an overview of fundamental topics, such as:

  • Marketing strategy and tactics
  • Delivering differentiated value propositions
  • Developing and communicating your brand
  • Creating copy and content that delivers impact and results

Why are these workshops useful?

  • Understand the four key disciplines of B2B marketing that will support your competitive strategy and achievement of your future growth targets
  • Enhance your ability to understand and effectively target your customer with relevant and timely content throughout their buying journey
  • Implement processes to gather customer insight and develop differentiated propositions that deliver value to your customers
  • Encourage a whole business outlook and approach to marketing rather than view marketing as a separate function of the business

Workshop dates and times

All workshops are delivered online from 10am - 12pm. Follow the links where available to find out more and book your place.

  • B2B marketing planning & strategy, 20th May
  • Developing your USP and selling B2B,  2nd June
  • Building an effective brand, 17 June
  • Writing copy and content creation for B2B, 7th July

Behind every great company is an efficient operations team, and effective supply chain management is a crucial aspect of operational performance. Together the two functions can develop coherent strategies and make data-driven decisions to improve organisational performance and subsequently, improve profitability. Join our workshops to find out more about this crucial business function.

Workshop dates and times

All workshops are delivered online from 10am - 11.30am.  Follow the links where available to find out more and book your place.

Business strategy and planning are crucial components in developing a successful organisation. The tools and techniques you will learn from these workshops will help you respond to the rapidly evolving, modern business environment. This workshop will help you to create a solid strategy for the future direction of your organisation.

Workshop dates and times

Follow the links below where available to find out more and book your place on a workshop.

  • Exploring value and opportunity using a single page business plan, 10 June 10am - 12pm
  • Data management and analysis to make real time business decisions, date TBC
  • Business resilience and risk, date TBC   

In the current economic climate, an understanding of accounting and finance principles is important for all managers. These courses will offer you an overview of the various aspects of business finance, so that you can identify the risks and opportunities that will help you make informed decisions.

Workshop dates and times

All workshops will be delivered online from 10am - 12pm. Follow the links where available to find out more and book your place.

  • Basic management accounting, 7th June
  • Reviewing and monitoring business performance, 21st June
  • Financial data analysis to inform decision making, 26th July
  • Cash and working capital management, 27th September
  • Preparing for funding and investment, 1st November
  • Getting the most out of your accountant / your accounting software, 6th December

This series of workshops is designed to provide valuable insights into modern and inclusive leadership. You will learn how to develop positive engagement throughout the fabric of your organisation and recognise the unique value that your staff can contribute.  The series will provide an opportunity for sharing tools and techniques, best practice case studies and learning from one another through interactive peer activities.  


These sessions are suitable to anyone who is interested in leadership (whether in a leadership role or not) and who is keen to learn how to develop positive relationships with others in an organisation.


Workshop dates and times


All workshops will be delivered online and will take place from 11am - 12.30pm. 

  • Inclusive leadership, 21st September
  • Setting your vision and getting people on board, 28th September
  • Developing engaged and high-performance teams, 5th October
  • Empowerment, trust and the art of delegation, 12th October
  • Developing talent, 19th October
  • Strategic workforce planning, 26th October


What does it cost to attend?

The workshops are part of our Enscite programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This means the workshop is fully funded and offered without any cost to your organisation.

Is my business eligible?

To qualify for this ERDF-funded support, your business needs to meet this criteria:

How to book

We're just finalising delivery dates for some of the Learning Labs but you can register your interest and find out more by contacting the Enscite team:

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