Winners to learn partnership skills

Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers has announced the first winners
of funds to encourage innovative approaches to partnership in organisations
across the country.

Thirty-six winners will benefit from the investment of £2.5m in the first
round of the Partnership Fund. The Government is providing £1.2m, with the rest
raised by the winners themselves.

The fund is intended to help foster partnerships between employers and
employees at individual organisations, to address training, development and
business issues, and disseminate best practice at local, regional and national

The Partnership Fund will run for four years. The £10m fund will be made up
of £5m of government money with the same amount or more from the private and
voluntary sectors.

Each winner can receive up to £50,000 from the Government.

Partnership winners

House of Hardy, Whitworths, Pizza Express, Involvement and Participation
Association, Sans Serif, AEEU, Employee Ownership Scotland, Humberside Tec,
Branlow, British Bakeries, East of Scotland Water, Northern Foods, BNFL Fuel
Group, Community and Youth Workers Union, Kears Group, Lawson Mardon Star,
Nottingham County Council, Unison and ISS Mediclean, Vertex Data Science,
English, Welsh and Scottish Railways, McVitie’s, Partners for Progress, TUC,
TUC National Education Centre, NCVO, Corus (formerly British Steel) and Iron
& Steel Trades Confederation, South Tees Acute Hospitals Trust and Unison,
Scottish TUC, MSF and Unifi and Axa, Family Welfare Association, HJ Heinz,
Daycare Trust, Usdaw and Tesco, British Printing Industries Federation and the
GPMU, TUC and CBI, Women’s Technology and Education Centre

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