An award-winning Scottish technology consultancy has been named as one of the UK’s 30 highest performing learning providers following the release of a prestigious annual report.
Appetite for Business has been commended by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), the UK’s leading learning and development organisation, for the second year running, as part of its top 30 eBook.
The latest edition, for 2020-21, pays tribute to the “cream of the crop”, based on the thousands of LPI-accredited organisations worldwide. Specifically, it recognises learning providers which “demonstrate a strong customer value proposition” and that are “passionate and committed to developing their customers, staff… and their performance.”
The Aberdeen-based company was praised for its “exceptional” performance. In addition, Appetite has been accredited as an LPI gold standard learning provider for the eighth consecutive year.
As part of this process, it recorded perfect scores (100 per-cent) across the board, including for corporate integrity, CSR, learning consultancy, people development, customer focus, results, and quality.
Sheryl Newman, founder and CEO of Appetite for Business, commented: “Despite challenging circumstances this year, Appetite has continued to take a customer-first approach and work in partnership with our clients to support their business objectives.
“To be ranked in the top 30 highest-performing learning providers reflects our commitment to helping our clients achieve their goals through results-focused learning programmes and other business change disciplines. These help to embed and create sustainable change, which is especially key when so many organisations are working remotely.
“As Microsoft 365 and SharePoint change specialists, user adoption is a key practice area for Appetite. We partner with our clients to design, deliver, and embed sustainable change using the right blend of learning, engagement, development, and change management – tailored specifically for each clients’ needs.
“I’m hugely proud of the collaboration between Appetite and our customers, and the success we realise for them. As a team, we’re committed to providing a consistently high-quality and results-focused experience. To be recognised by the LPI, an institute which recognises learning and development achievement globally, is fantastic and testament to the exceptional standards from the entire team, and a real boost after recent months.”
Giles Hearn, head of marketing at the LPI, commented: “Appetite for Business has recently entered into its eighth year as an accredited provider with gold status from the LPI. This has been proudly awarded for its outstanding and consistent commitment, performance, and contribution to the learning profession and its clients.
“The company has also been listed, for the second year running, in our top 30 highest performing learning providers. This prestigious listing is testament to the highest quality of service and best user experience. The Appetite team are trusted business partners; acting always in the best interests of their clients and, as such, fully endorsed by the LPI.
“It is a pleasure to work with Appetite as it continues to grow and adapt to the changing environment, whether that is the sector or the technology it is delivering against.”
Appetite is a people-focused technology consultancy that specialises in Microsoft Office 365 and associated applications to support organisations achieve significant cost savings and process improvements through better understanding of how employees engage and interact with technology.
Over the past 18 months, the business has seen its team treble in size, from three to nine people, secured new clients in the UK and internationally, and extended its reach across a diverse range of industry sectors including energy, pharmaceutical, food and drink, and recruitment.
This included a global contract to support a pharmaceutical firm roll-out Office 365 and Windows 10 that involved user adoption across 14 European countries, the UK, Russia, and Australia.
In 2018, Sheryl Newman was named Leader of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Women in Technology (SWiT) Awards in recognition of her commitment to inspiring other women into the technology sector.
She has won multiple awards in acknowledgment of her work to promote STEM-related opportunities for women, particularly in the energy sector. In September (2019), she collected the Business of the Year honour as part of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) National Business Awards.