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Women who mean business

A new project in Crowborough has been set-up to equip women with the skills they need to start up a business or grow an existing one.

Starting on 1st October, the programme consists of flexible training delivering IT and Swify-Project-Logobusiness skills, as well as personal development sessions.  The programme is completely free.  Alongside the formal training, participants will also be able to attend regular peer-to-peer groups to share knowledge and experience with the support of a business mentor.

The SWIFT project, is funded by the Government Equalities Office and run in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and local charity Sound Architect.

Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager at ESCC and is leading the programme said:

Better digital connectivity is essential to enable the county to be competitive in a 24 hour global economy.

We are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity to support entrepreneurial women, who are an under-represented group in East Sussex, to bring their business ideas to fruition.

Not only will it give them the skills and knowledge they need, but also, the confidence to take the plunge by working alongside like-minded women through a sustainable skills development programme, contributing strongly to economic growth in East Sussex.

The part time courses include: creating a business plan, marketing, managing cash flow, time management, presentation skills, IT, social media, web/graphic design, and e-commerce amongst others and will be delivered in collaboration with MD Hub, network organisation for Managing Directors in the South of England.

Swift-Project-TrainingThe Swift project is specifically targeted at women who are serious about developing their business idea or who are already in business and are committed to investing their time to attending a programme of development.  No qualifications or experience are required to join the programme, just a desire to learn, develop, and improve your digital and business skills in an environment that supports women’s specific needs.

All participants will be grouped according to experience and will be assigned a mentor.

Creche facilities are available if required.

Places are limited and the deadline for applications is 22nd September so to avoid disappointment, please apply early.

For further information please call Ruth Maddison on 01273 337377 or 07592 021590 or alternatively you can email maddison.ruth@yahoo.co.uk.

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