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17th October 2012
Rural enterprises and start-ups are to benefit from a series of business focused training programmes and an improved mentor support programme announced by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) this week.
The SECAD mentor panel has trebled in size this year to meet demand for business mentoring, and over 30 mentors across all sectors and disciplines are now available to start ups and established enterprises in the South and East Cork area.
“SECAD is offering a free mentor service to qualifying individuals and enterprises in the South and East Cork area as well as extensive training opportunities. We are committed to supporting enterprise and business development in the Region, and from our own research, we know how valuable this support can be for people with great business ideas that need training, mentoring or financial support. SECAD is here to help”, said Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD.
The training programmes designed by SECAD are specifically aimed at supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses in the South and East Cork area. Six programmes will commence in early November covering the following business themes; Start Your Own Business, Grow Your Business, Effective Market Research, Managing Costs and Cashflow, Pitch Your Business and Generate Sales, Social Media and Online Marketing.
Sustainable micro-enterprises, particularly in the craft, tourism and food sectors, are the lifeblood of rural development. SECAD’s strategy to support enterprise in the South and East Cork area has resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs over the last number of years and the organisation is working hard to facilitate the creation of more jobs in the region into the future.
During the last 2 years, SECAD has supported numerous enterprise projects including now successful and growing businesses such as Happy Days IceCream, Movie Junction, Titanic Experience, Annie’s Roasts, Monkstown Marina, Rumleys Open Farm and Farm Fresh Foods.
For more information on training and mentoring services available in South and East Cork, please contact Liam Fitzgerald, SECAD on 021.4613432 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.secad.ie