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Delia Slucutt and Rachael Selley of the Division for LIfelong Learning with their Flagship Award
Delia Slucutt and Rachael Selley of the Division for Lifelong Learning with their Flagship Award

Press Release - 09 March 2009

University of Bath’s Women’s Enterprise Programme receives highest accolade for business support services

A course run by the University of Bath to support women into business has scooped a top national award.

The Division for Lifelong Learning’s Women into Enterprise course, which is based at the University’s Carpenter House in Bath, has received the Prowess ‘Flagship Award’ quality standard for its outstanding services for women looking to start and grow businesses in the city.

The programme was assessed against 13 rigorous standards designed to measure quality, client focus, inclusion and equality and has been recognised as achieving the highest possible level of support in each of these areas.

The Flagship Award is a national quality standard developed by Prowess, the UK voice for women’s enterprise. The Flagship Award is recognised by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and several Regional Development Agencies (RDAs).

Delia Slucutt, co-ordinator of the Division for Lifelong Learning, said: “Holding the trophy in my hand, I realised it was more than just another piece of glass, it was a symbol of lasting commitment from the University of Bath to back women who want to work for themselves.

“The award demonstrates we have hit the national government standards to support and equip women in their new business venture, through women’s peer to peer support, female tutors who have run their own business, crèche places, and course times to fit around women’s varying commitments.

“Our ‘Women into Enterprise’ programme is about supporting the individual to explore their dreams and see where they want to take them. I’m very proud of their achievements and our new shiny award."

Erika Watson, Executive Director of Prowess said: “Our aim is to support members to provide the most effective services to all their clients, but especially their female users.

“The Women into Enterprise course has been through a rigorous and robust assessment and firmly deserves this recognition of its outstanding work for the women of Bath.”

The Women into Enterprise course helps women learn skills and build confidence to work for themselves. The programme offers a supportive women-only environment which enables women to work with like-minded people and explore business ideas. The course is taught by women who have run their own business.

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