Business support scheme helps aerial company soar

Aerial Imaging Pros has taken advantage of iNorthumberland Business Support.
Aerial Imaging Pros has taken advantage of iNorthumberland Business Support.

A Northumberland-based aerial-photography company is flying high thanks to the training programme from iNorthumberland Business Support.

Photography expert Andrew Charlton set up his own business, Aerial Imaging Pros, in June 2013, and has now managed to safeguard his job as a direct result of the fully-funded programme delivered by Arch Digital. And he has recommended the scheme to other firms in the county.

Andrew first found out about the digital training on offer from iNorthumberland Business Support having read about the programme on Twitter. Andrew quickly saw the potential benefits of undertaking the training and signed up to the e-learning portal. The nine online courses – accessible from anywhere on the e-learning portal – include social media, cloud technologies and how to get more inquiries from your website.

Participating businesses can also attend face-to-face masterclasses to further their training and learn from experts in their field.

Qualifying businesses that complete the programme can apply for a year’s free superfast broadband – worth up to £400 – or may be able to claim back any costs if they are already using the service.

Andrew, whose business is based in Stocksfield, said: “Overall, I was very impressed with the programme and it has had a positive impact on our business because of the new skills and information gained.

“I would without hesitation recommend the programme to other businesses.”

“The three main reasons I signed up to the programme were firstly to take advantage of the fantastic free online training courses, the free masterclasses and the added incentive of being able to upgrade to free superfast broadband.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chairman of Arch, said: “It’s great to see new start-ups such as Aerial Imaging Pros getting on board with the free digital support and superfast broadband available and we’re pleased that Andrew is already noticing the benefits of the training he has undertaken.

“Demand for the bespoke business support has been high and we would encourage all local businesses – whether a start-up or established company – to register at and experience the benefits for themselves.”