Black Country businesses are being offered the chance to improve their business efficiency, profitability and sustainability following the opening of a new business and elearning centre.
Based at Wolverhampton Science Park, the new venture was officially opened by local MP Ken Purchase.
An increasingly competitive market place has led Tilad, a local private training provider of Learndirect and Harvard Business School Training, to provide a bespoke mix of training courses to local businesses.
The new Business and E-Learning Centre has been built with the support of the Black Country Knowledge Society (BCKS) programme and the West Midlands Hub.
Ian Everall of the BCKS programme said: "Supporting Black Country businesses to grow the skills they need to survive and succeed in the emerging knowledge economy is one of the key building blocks of the BCKS programme.
"This centre is one of many that we are supporting to deliver Free Potential, our e-learning package that is written by business experts for business people."
The Business and Elearning Centre will offer the Harvard Business Package, a module based management training programme and the Learndirect product range from IT training to management training.
Nick Stokes, director of West Midlands E- Learning Company, said: "This facility is an important addition to the Black Country Learndirect network and will, hopefully, be a focal point for local SMEs engaging with learning and business improvement.
"All credit to staff at Tilad who have worked hard to get the centre ready and provide this valuable resource."
In the past 17 months Tilad has been working closely with deprived communities to assist them to improve their literacy, numeracy, skills for life and IT qualifications. To date it has assisted over 400 people to access training.
Steve Crawley, managing director of Tilad, said: "I am excited at the prospect of working with businesses in the Black Country.
"The Business and ELearning Centre offers employers and their staff the flexibility of learning at work, at the centre or at home.
"This project could not have taken off without the support of BCKS and West Midlands E- Learning Company."