SFEDISmall Firms Enterprise Development Initiative
SFEDISanta Fe Economic Development, Inc. (Santa Fe, NM)
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The SFEDI - Small Firms' Enterprise Development Initiative - is the UK Government recognised standards setting body for business support and enterprise.
The project is led by SFEDI and supported by The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and Lloyds Banking Group, working with the Women in Self Employment Resource (WISER).
Suretrax's programme, which is Ofqual recognised and SFEDI accredited, has fast gained a reputation for "helping learners to help themselves, building their self-belief and equipping them with practical skills" to succeed.
With modules specifically created by Lloyds Banking Group and SFEDI, the training programme aims to enable mentors to give high quality help and support to entrepreneurs by focusing on the different strategies and approaches to handling a mentoring relationship.
Ruth Lowbridge, executive chair of the Sfedi group, said: "Sfedi is extremely impressed with both the quality and range of enterprise development activities supported by Glamorgan Business School's Centre for Enterprise.
All their advisers are SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) accredited, which means they are fully qualified to give you professional business advice.
The new Learndirect premier business centre in Birmingham, IT Works, has opened after receiving accreditation from the Small Firms Enterprise and Development Initiative (SFEDI).
Ruth Lowbridge, executive chair of SFEDI, said: "Choosing the right business mentor is essential and with a host of newly-trained volunteers having recently been registered, there has never been a better opportunity to find a mentor that can make a difference to their company.
Newton Aycliffe-based Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) is behind the Get Mentoring programme which has encouraged thousands of owners to complete mentor training so they can pass on their knowledge and experience of running a business to those just starting out or with ambitions to grow their enterprises.
All bank business mentors will be trained by the independent UK Skills Sector Body for Enterprise and Business Support, SFEDI.
In addition, the specialist body also provides two bursaries: the Business Adviser Development Fund to create SFEDI accredited experts, and support towards securing the Flagship Award, a national best practice quality standard for women's enterprise providers and networks.