FREE support for women looking to develop a business in or around the Hastings area

Swift March 17Sound Architect, the Sussex-based charity that provides educational opportunities for all, has been awarded funding through the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to continue its highly successful Swift Project that supports women entrepreneurs.
The charity successfully bid for the money, one of just 6 projects awarded funding in the South East, to help women expand or set up new businesses in and around Hastings by opening up digital and business skills training opportunities. Alongside free bite-sized courses on subjects ranging from basic steps to setting up a business, sales & marketing and finance to excel, Facebook and Twitter, the participants will be able to enjoy expert knowledge sessions on specific topics, attend peer to peer groups with like-minded women to share knowledge and experience and team up with a mentor to develop strategy and set targets going forward.
Said Ruth Maddison, Project Director, “Women face many obstacles in setting up and growing their businesses putting them at a competitive disadvantage. The Swift Project aims to combat that by not only giving participants on the programme the skills they need, but also, and perhaps even more importantly, the confidence and ongoing support they need to make their businesses sustainable. A participant on last year’s programme shared recently that until she found the Swift Project she was on the verge of winding up her company. Since taking part she has successfully generated investment in her business and won a number of contracts creating job opportunities and giving her renewed motivation and an optimistic outlook for the future of her business.”

Supported by East Sussex County Council the project involves practising professionals from across the County including business facilitators from MDHUB, a social media whizz from Total Social Secretary, and website and design experts from The Digi Deli and Annabel Clements Design to name but a few.
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.
The programme starts in March 2017 and is open to women from Hastings & St. Leonards, Bexhill, Rye, Battle, Robertsbridge and the surrounding area.
Places are limited to 25 and the deadline for applications is Monday 27th February, so to avoid disappointment, please apply early by emailing or calling Ruth Maddison on 01825 891094 for an informal chat about what’s involved.