A NORTH Yorkshire leadership training company has moved online during the pandemic, delivering 34,000 minutes of its courses.

Quarterdeck, which is based in Harrogate, had to move swiftly switch from in-person to online training and rapidly developed a user-friendly library of its own bespoke learning management system software to deliver the training.

Since last autumn, the team has written, recorded and edited almost 40 video courses and more than 120 lessons, which have been delivered to more than 1,000 people.

Managing director Laura Bouttell said: "Like many businesses that previously relied on face-to-face contact with clients, we had to re-think our offering following the first lockdown. We quickly developed a new product, Quarterdeck Online, which has surpassed our expectations. By Q3 2020, it was performing strongly as, having recovered from the initial shock of the pandemic, increasing numbers of businesses recognised the need for strong leadership skills while trying to give direction to teams working remotely.

“Covid has, of course, had a profound impact on the way we live and work. With many businesses seeing the cost savings and employee lifestyle benefits of continued home or hybrid working, the need to communicate a shared vision and strong cultural messaging has also risen up the agenda."