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L-R: Gordon Angus and Trevor Hall with Jane Siddle of NEL Fund Managers

Drug awareness programme secures Small Loan Fund backing

A Sunderland-based provider of training, advisory and testing services for substance and alcohol abuse has been backed by a five-figure investment from the North East Small Loan Fund.

Sunderland-based Hall & Angus provides workplace drug awareness courses, alcohol and drug misuse policy writing and test and analytical services.

It is set to use the £30,000 investment to bring its Workplace Culture Map to market, as well as launching a new substance misuse education programme for teachers, pupils and families. The funding will also support the recruitment and training of up to four new consultants.

The Workplace Culture Map provides a detailed electronic assessment of a company's operations across nine different areas, and uses input from staff and management to assess whether budgets are being allocated in the right areas and are having the desired impact.

The schools programme, which has already been successfully trialled within the North East, helps participants learn about a wide range of drug-related issues, including the potential health and legal consequences of their use.

Business growth consultancy IA Growth advised Hall & Angus during the investment application process.

Trevor Hall, who set up the company with business partner Gordon Angus in 2016, said: "Our work aims to give owner-managers the accurate information they need to identify what they’re doing well, what they could be doing better and what they need to think about addressing for the future.

"If they are unaware or not fully aware of any issues within their workplace and the impact they’re having, it’s pretty much impossible for them to start tackling them.

"The workplace culture map covers policies, procedures and actions in areas including health and safety, substance and alcohol misuse, health and well-being, the impact of prescribed medications in the workplace, criminality and whistleblowing, and provides a detailed overview of the results that are being generated by the resources directed toward them."

Jane Siddle, investment executive at NEL Fund Managers, added: "Hall & Angus has a strong track record of finding solutions to live workplace issues, and our investment will help them further extend the use that can be made of their knowledge and experience."