Pleece & Co has found a home in Mocatta House – part of Spaces Brighton. We now share a building with a number of creative and diverse companies, and we thought it was time to get to know them a little better.
Headspaces is a collaboration blog series between Pleece & Co and Spaces in which we talk to our neighbours about their businesses, work advice and what puts them in a good headspace.
This months conversation is with Learning Cog, an independent training and development consultancy agency.
QUESTIONS WITH RIC HAYDEN – DIRECTOR / FACILITATOR / COACH / CONSULTANT / COFFEE MAKER / DOG WALKER
TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY
We are a Training and Development Consultancy working with national and international clients to equip their teams with the right skills and behaviours to excel in their jobs and business. Working predominately in Leadership and Management development, Sales Training and Team Development. We break the mould from traditional training and work to engage with individuals and make development personal.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM
We are a people focused business so our team is key to the way we work with clients. We are a small team here in the office, just myself and Troy working here most days. We have a team of associate trainers and coaches. A good mix of introverts and extroverts, which can make for some excellent ideas for supporting our clients.
Spaces is such a great environment to be working in. The flexibility of from little office on the 4th floor, the terrace up on the 5th or downstairs in the business area. Working in a creative environment is important to us, and the community created at Spaces is great to get out and have a 5 minute chat to people you wouldn’t normally be speaking to.
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?
As a training and development consultancy the market is saturated and we need to be in front of customers as much as possible to prove why we are the right choice. Mostly training and development is always the first thing to go from a budget, we have to work to support clients understanding and be able to prove return on investment.
WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?
I think every company is unique, every company is made up of the people that work within it and that makes it unique. What makes us different to other training consultancies? We disrupt the business, we look at behavioural and skills change form the perspective of the people wishing or needing to make the change and build bespoke, blended learning solutions from there. We are forward thinking and move with the times. People learn and consume information so much differently then they did just a few years ago, we adapt our style to the new ways.
BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Work hard and it pays off. Be yourself, thats what people buy in to. I guess I have built the business on these two elements. We have worked hard to be where we are today without forgetting who we are.
WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?
Being mindful of the moment. The sun, which is great right now. Living near the sea. My 6am wake up call from my dog to go for a walk on the south downs, the best start to the day ever. I get my best ideas when out walking, I need to take my notebook out with me more.