NWDA invests £4.9 million to increase SME skills - MIDAS

NWDA invests £4.9 million to increase SME skills

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has launched a £4.9 million three-year Mentoring Programme that will offer leaders and senior managers of small and micro-businesses the chance to access free mentoring, to guide and support them to grow their business. 

The project will deliver high quality mentoring that will be demand-led and delivered in accordance with a regional quality framework. Mentoring support will last between 6 to 12 months and depend upon the level of support required.

The programme is part of the ‘Solutions for Business’ portfolio, the Government’s simplified package of business support products.

The initial activity will be delivered by a range of highly qualified and experienced mentors. This will deliver 1,500 voluntary relationships over the next three years.

Combined with a wider programme that will include group and e-mentoring and support, a total of 3,000 high quality mentoring relationships will be established across the region. 

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) said: “Mentoring is a key element of the Agency’s Leadership & Management Framework for Action.  We understand that by helping businesses to invest in the development of their leaders and managers we can help create robust and competitive businesses that will ultimately contribute significantly to the economic success of England’s Northwest.”

Delivery of one-to-one mentoring will commence in September 2009 for small businesses that have been trading for more than 12 months and have less than £2 million sales turnover per annum.

Source: Northwest Regional Development Agency

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