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Female entrepreneurs in East Sussex to benefitfrom £1.1m broadband fund to deliver ‘superfast’ success across the country

By brighton1973, Oct 4 2015 04:00PM

Women in business in East Sussex are set to benefit from a share of the £1.1m superfast broadband fund announced by the Prime Minister in July to ‘end the gender pay gap in a generation.’

East Sussex County Council successfully bid for the money which is being made available as part of the extension of a Government initiative, announced in the Chancellor in the Budget, to help women take advantage of faster broadband to move their businesses online, expand or set up new businesses.

The funding will build on the highly successful Swift Project that supported over 40 women in East Sussex with their digital and business management skills in 2014/15, by opening up the training opportunities to a new cohort of businesswomen.

Run in partnership through East Sussex County Council (ESCC), with Sound Architect Creative Media (a local charity who provide multimedia and IT training) and MDHUB (a peer to peer business support organisation), the Swift Project consists of modular and flexible training sessions which focus on delivering IT and business/personal development training.

Amongst others, the part time courses include: social media, web/graphic design, writing a business plan, marketing, finance, time management, presentation skills, and selling on-line.

Sessions start on 2nd October at venues in Crowborough and Eastbourne and are completely free. Alongside the training participants will be able to attend regular peer to peer groups to share knowledge and experience with the support of a business mentor.

Funded by the Government Equalities Office 1 Minister for Women, Equalities and Family Justice Caroline Dinenage said: “The government is doing more than ever before to ensure that women have equality in the workplace. “I am delighted to hear that East Sussex has been awarded funding, so more female entrepreneurs can take advantage of superfast broadband.

“If women set up businesses at the same rate as men there would be 1 million more female entrepreneurs –I hope that this fund helps women in East Sussex take their first step in to the business world.”

Said a spokesperson for Sound Architect and MDHUB, “Female entrepreneurs face many obstacles in setting up and growing their businesses, putting them at a competitive disadvantage. The Swift Project aims to combat that by giving participants on the programme the skills, confidence and ongoing support they need to make their businesses sustainable.”

The 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 digital and business skills in an environment that supports women’s specific needs.

Places are limited to 32 and the deadline for applications is 16th September so to avoid disappointment, please apply early. For further information please call 01825 891094 or email Ruth Maddison at [email protected]

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