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Press Release - 11 January 2006

£750,000 business projects to launch in Swindon

The University of Bath in Swindon has been awarded £750,000 funding by the European Social Fund to set up three projects during 2006 aimed at supporting local businesses.

The projects will build on the success of the Small Business Hub which has been working with local businesses since its launch in 2004.

The funding will support the further development of the successful Women into Enterprise project which has provided support and training to over 100 local women over 2 years. From September 2006 a further 60 local female entrepreneurs will benefit from the course which also offers crèche facilities, networking and the opportunity to have a mentor.

The second project, Coaching and Mentoring, will incorporate an accredited training programme plus a series of workshops covering the wider issues around coaching and mentoring. This builds on a pilot scheme funded by the Phoenix Fund of the Department of Trade and Industry and the University’s Enterprise Education Venture Fund.

Assistant Director - Small Business Hub, Marc Braddock, said: “While running our Women into Enterprise project we identified a local demand for female and female-sensitive mentors for women entrepreneurs. We also realised that the University could play an important role in supporting the broader local business community by offering training in coaching and mentoring and we intend to work closely with partners to achieve this.”

The third initiative, Leadership and Management, will train local businesses in leadership and management skills and succeeds the popular Entrepreneurs South West workshop series. The project will be aimed at helping micro-businesses (those with up to 10 employees) develop new skills and improve business performance.

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