New base for County Durham's KF Training as it chases £2m turnover

Kelly Lee launched KF Training in 2011 having spent years working for training companies across the North East

Kelly Lee, managing director of KF Training
Kelly Lee, managing director of KF Training

A growing training company in County Durham has expanded into a new facility after seeing its portfolio and turnover increase by 50% in the last year.

Kelly Lee launched KF Training in 2011 having spent years working for training companies across the North East.

Having seen turnover rise by 50% to £1m in the last 12 months, the firm has been bursting at the seams in its Easington base, prompting a move into a new building in Peterlee, County Durham.

The firm has taken space on the top floor of Whitehouse Point Three, which is the home of clothing manufacturing company The AMA Group.

KF Training started with one office in the Easington Business Centre and with sustained, targeted growth over the last three years has now brought all 35 staff together to work in one central location.

The company provides a range of training solutions, combining work-based learning, mandatory training including health and safety and industrial training, professional training such as Microsoft, finance and personal development courses, as well as bespoke packages including public speaking.

Managing director Kelly Lee projects further growth in the current financial year, with revenues forecast to double to £2m.

She said: “Since launching the business three years ago, things have gone from strength to strength. I launched with one contract and now we work with over one hundred companies across the region.

“Each year our workforce has grown and our turnover has increased year on year by 50%. There’s no doubt the key to that success is the team I have around me.”

The business has invested in a Learning Management Platform to promote to businesses and is currently in the initial stages of developing e-learning material with input from Teesside University.

Clients include NSK Bearings, AKS Precision Ball, Seaham Hall Hotel, ASDA Distribution and Wensleydale Creameries.

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