Excellent to deal with. Would not hesitate to recommend to others looking for support.
John Moulton JM Recruitment Education & Training
Stuart has a vast knowledge and is able to think outside of the box. This has helped my company to secure places on funding portals that without his help would have been a mountain to climb. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Lorna Carter-Blake MD at DA Training and Consultancy
Stuart and his team at ESS have been excellent throughout the process of securing our own direct funding contracts. Their knowledge of funding streams and support throughout the process has been vital in helping us gain approval. Stuart took the time to fully understand the business and was pro-active in finding funding streams that would help the business grow. I would highly recommend Stuart and his team if you are looking for support and guidance on funding and applications.
Will Koller Director - Skills College UK
Stuart is one very educated and experienced consultant in the training and development sector. I am a client of Stuart and will be so for many years. His understanding of the funding landscape and the operational requirements of both established training providers and new start ups is exceptional. Credit to his year of experience. Stuart took the time to get to know me personally and my requirements and knew where to direct me by getting to know "me". Thank you Stuart, looking forward to working with you more in the future.
Paul Dunn The Gym Group
I am pleased to endorse the services of ESS Assist and Steve Dobson​ in particular. I have been very impressed with the service they provide. They go the extra mile and have excellent communication skills. Steve is extremely knowledgeable and has applied his 20+ years of public procurement to our advantage enabling Manatec to receive DWP training requests daily. I have no hesitation in recommending their service.
Roger Dixon MD of Manatec
We had tried to access unemployed funding for many months for our learners. Thanks to Steve Dobson and ESS we were delighted to access funding from the DWP. ESS and Steve come highly recommended.
Shakeel Desai MD of Get Set Academy
We were delighted with ESS. They successfully undertook the application and then they expertly assisted us to get a number of contracts from the DWP which has helped our organisation immensely. I just wish I’d have known about this funding sooner.
Kathryn Northly MD of Approach Training Safely
We were delighted with Ian Peacock the ESS M&A team. They advised us through the whole process and brought to the table a wealth of personal knowledge and experience resulting in a successful sale.
Jamie Carragher Former Liverpool FC star player


Empowering Our Training & Education Partners To Achieve Commercial Growth By Developing Skills and Organisational Effectiveness

Welcome to ESS Assist (ESS).

Here at ESS we offer business solutions to Training Providers of all sizes through a range of integrated services that meet your business needs, add value, and drive bottom line impact.

For Employers we can assist you to become a training provider or alternatively introduce to high quality training providers that can assist you with your organisational development.

Our mission is to “Empower Our Partners” to achieve commercial growth by developing skills and organisational effectiveness.

For training providers we offer a wide range of services including :

  • Tendertracker- (Funding Opportunities)
  • Buy/Sell Training Companies
  • Bid Writing
  • Learner Find Service
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sourcing Funding
  • On Line Learning Courses
  • Strategy Development
  • Recruitment
  • Partnership Management
  • Employer Engagement

ESS is a network of highly experienced professionals who understand the needs of employers and works with them to deliver the best and most cost effective quality solutions possible.

The founding directors Gavin Newbold and Ian Peacock have over 40 years of experience in the public and training and education sectors and have both previously successfully run, developed, and sold national training organisations.

During this time they have assisted hundreds of companies, and many thousands of learners to achieve their business and personal objectives.

Please contact us on 01977 705203 or Get In Touch using the online form if you wish to have a confidential discussion regarding our services and how we may be able to assist your organisation.

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