In-Comm Training lands Family Business of the Year Award

One of the leading training providers in the West Midlands has been named as the Family Business of the Year.

In-Comm Training, which celebrated its 40th birthday last year, beat off strong competition from across the Black Country, North Worcestershire and South Staffordshire to pick up the title at the prestigious Express and Star Awards.

Judges praised the company for its ability to deliver industry-led training to over 500 employers, supporting more than 850 apprentices to start a career in engineering, manufacturing, logistics and professional services.

Speaking at the event at Wolverhampton Racecourse, they also highlighted how the Aldridge-based business’ significant growth has been built on the same principles of founders Colin Mills and the late Geoff Jones, the father of current owners Bekki Phillips and Gareth Jones.


In-Comm Training lands Family Business of the Year Award - Photo credits to Express & Star

WOLVERHAMPTON COPYRIGHT EXPRESS & STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 08/06/2023 – Express & Star Business Awards 2023 – ESBA 2023 – at Wolverhampton Racecourse. In Picture: Family Business of the year: WINNER – In-Comm Training


The brother and sister team have put in place a strong family ethos that looks to support all of its 45-strong workforce and the leaners it trains, including offering mentoring and pastoral case when required.

“We are absolutely blown away to secure the Family Business of the Year Award,” explained Bekki Phillips, Chief Operating Officer of In-Comm Training.

“The motto has always been to do your best for the companies we work with and the trainers we employ and I’m proud to say we have one of the best, if not the best, teams in industry.”

She continued: “I know our father Geoff will be looking down on us and smiling. This accolade is as much for him and Colin as it is for the business.”

In-Comm Training, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, is one of the UK’s leading independent training providers, delivering apprenticeships, upskilling opportunities, and strategic consultancy to improve business performance.

Located at two state-of-the-art Technical Academies in the Black Country and Telford, the company engages with firms to understand their requirements and then collaborates with them on shaping course delivery that futureproofs staff for years to come.


In-Comm Training lands Family Business of the Year Award - Photo credits to Express & Star

The Express & Star Business Awards 2023, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Staff from In-Comm Training celebrate winning Family Business of the Year.


The strategic technical partnerships are one of its unique strengths, closely followed by a £10m investment drive over the last eight years that has given learners access to state-of-the-art technology in CNC machining, CADCAM, 3D printing, fluid power, robotics, welding, and metrology capabilities.

Its latest innovation is the launch of a £1m Precision Tooling Academy with stamping specialist Brandauer.

Working together, the partners have created a commercial toolroom that has a dual role – to produce complex tooling for live projects and to act as a professional training ground for toolmakers and designers.

Companies will have access to professional toolmaking courses, upskilling opportunities for qualified engineers and a Level 6 Tool Process Design Apprenticeship, all designed to reverse the skills shortage in toolmaking industry is seeing.

Gareth Jones concluded: “The only way we are going to address the skills and labour issue, especially in manufacturing, is by working together. Collaboration is key and we’ll look to use the exposure of this award to engage with more schools, more employers and more partners who are committed to growing the next generation of employees.”

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