Women mean business; specialist support offered in Devon

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Posted on: 27 June 2012

More women are being offered the chance to move their business up to the next level thanks to an organisation called Womens Development Unlimited (WDU) which is being supported by Devon County Council

Earlier this year the council contributed £30,000 to the WDU’s Fast-track4growth programme. Due to its success,  15 new places are being funded for women business owners across Devon

The Fast Track 4 Growth programme is a highly subsidised programme of skills training, mentoring, coaching  and action learning.

Training will be offered in a choice of areas such as Marketing, Customer Service, Finance, Communication Skills and IT.  Women can opt for intensive or semi-intensive support.

Places are available from £50 and support is delivered across Devon.

Women who are interested in finding out more can either go to the Women’s Development Unlimited website www.womensdevelopmentunlimited.org.uk or ring Jan Spencer on 07811 946320.

Jan Spencer from WDU says; “Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are really serious about moving themselves and their business forward.  They will also need to show their willingness to hone the skills that will enable them to step up to the next level.”

Cabinet member for Economy and Enterprise, Councillor Will Mumford says; “For many sole traders or those who are self employed, organisations such as this provide a supportive and motivational environment. It’s really important that during tough economic times, we provide as much help as we can and I would encourage women who are perhaps operating on their own to get in touch with WDU. For some, a lack of confidence or fear of failing might be holding them back so these sessions can address the issues and help women as they run and grow their own businesses.”

Fast Track 4 Growth is being delivered by Women’s Development Unlimited, a Devon-based not-for-profit company whose delivery team have many years experience of providing training and support for business women in the South West.

Team members include some of the leading experts in their field, who will work individually with each woman to ensure that her development is tailored to her needs and those of her business.

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