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Company Profile

Founded in 1911, Ridgeons is one of the UK’s largest independent Timber and Builders Merchants with 26 locations across the East of England. The Ridgeons Group is family-owned business, which includes: Ridgeons Timber and Builders Merchants, Ridgeons Forest Products, Ridgeons Timber Engineering Services (RTES), CRS Wholesale, Anglia Tool Centre (ACT) and Ridgeons Independent Living Centre.

Our challenge

To provide the Ridgeons Group with a bespoke, flexible work-based degree programme which could be offered to staff as part of their training and development provision and supporting the company’s strong commitment to staff development and training.

Our solution

We provided a 2-year long Foundation Degree programme to Ridgeons employees, through a combination of online learning and face-to face teaching at the University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford. Degree modules covered Managing People, Customers and Markets, Managing Projects and Organisational Change, Business Planning and Decision Making. A number of graduates went on to top-up their degree to a full BA (Hons).

What Ridgeons say

"The Foundation Degree in Management represents an excellent and logical progression from our existing management development tools. By focusing on development of our staff through this tailored programme, we aim to equip our staff and the company to react stronger and faster to market changes and create a structure that facilitates future company growth."

Angela Rushforth, Group Managing Director, Ridgeons

There has never been a greater need to equip our managers with strong skill sets to enable them, and the company to adapt to an increasingly complex and competitive market.
Angela Rushforth
Group Managing Director, Ridgeons

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