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Swift Project to celebrate success with local business community on International Women’s Day

By brighton1973, Feb 22 2016 08:25PM

Participants, facilitators and staff from the highly successful Swift project will be joining together with members of the local business community on International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March to celebrate their participation in the Swift Project and to launch a mentoring scheme to help the businesswomen going forward.

Funded by the Government Equalities Office and run in partnership 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 has delivered over 25 different sessions on digital and business skills to 32 business women in East Sussex resulting in over 450 places being booked. The courses included social media, web/graphic design, writing a business plan, marketing, finance, time management, presentations skills and selling on-line to name but a few and the project has now moved onto phase two which includes a mixture of masterclasses, peer to peer group sessions and mentoring.

The participants, some of which are in the process of setting up a business and some of which run established businesses, represent a diverse range of sectors including architecture, retail, charities, design, photography, social media, manufacturing, plastering, hospitality, recruitment, catering, and fitness training. With the help of Swift, many of them have set up and launched their own websites, increased their presence on social media, taken their first orders or expanded their client lists. As one participant put it, “I have found a reignited passion for learning and a new determination to make my business a success. I cannot describe the impact this course has had on my life and the unlimited enthusiasm the tutors have had for each and every participant’s business is inspirational. I will always acknowledge the fact that being part of the Swift Project has made me a braver, stronger and more confident person who had a ‘good idea’ and with help from the course is going to turn it into a ‘great business’!".

At the Project Celebration and Workshop on 8th March the Swift participants will have the opportunity to participate in a business surgery with MDs and senior directors of established businesses who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise. They will also hear from a range of speakers including Natasha Innocent, Superfast Broadband Demand Stimulation Lead for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who will speak about the roll out of superfast broadband and the impact it is having on businesses nationally.

For further information please contact Ruth Maddison via email: [email protected]

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