Initiative for growing small businesses

A NEW management development programme from the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board aimed at helping small businesses accelerate their growth prospects will commence in January.

A NEW management development programme from the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board aimed at helping small businesses accelerate their growth prospects will commence in January.

The ‘Accelerate Management Development Programme’ is geared towards owners and managers of micro-enterprises in County Kilkenny that have been up and running for at least 18 months.

The aim is to provide the owner/manager with the management, leadership, business skills and knowledge to achieve sustainability and growth in business.

The six-month programme will include modules and one-to-one mentoring sessions focusing on management, leadership and business skills. The programme starts with an on-site one-to-one session. A programme mentor will visit the premises to introduce the programme and to assess the business’s specific development needs.

The six modules will then follow: Leadership and Management, Planning and Operations, Marketing, Sales and Finance. Each module includes a group workshop, a peer network session and a one-to-one mentor session. The workshops are typically one day long.

“‘Accelerate’ has been designed to help local small business owners address the business challenges that might be hindering their growth prospects,” said Enterprise Board CEO Fiona Deegan. “After they’ve completed the initial start-up phase of setting up a new business, it’s vital for micro-enterprises to keep investing in continuous improvement, to help develop their business and to enable them to sustain and grow local jobs.”

For more information, contact Ms Deegan at 056 7752662 or fiona@kceb.ie.