Wednesday 24 April 2013
A new programme of training seminars tailor-made for Guernsey's small business sector is being launched. Initiated by the Commerce and Employment Department and developed by Skills Guernsey, the Business Skills Programme series will be delivered by 14 private-sector experts in seven different key business areas. A key objective is to help companies better manage their businesses by sharing knowledge and best practice.
The seminars, which are free to attend, will be held at Les Cotils from mid-May to early July. They are being staged before the working day starts and each one includes a light breakfast.
Deputy Kevin Stewart, the Commerce and Employment Department Minister, said:
"Guernsey has a large number of small businesses, each employing about ten people or fewer. In fact one could say it's the most important element of the economy as it covers more than 1,500 companies, which is 73% of all Guernsey businesses. More than that, small businesses are in every part of the economy so the value of the programme will be widely spread across all of Guernsey's corporate sectors."
The seminars will provide training in the following subjects:
- Raising finance and managing money
- Staff issues including hiring and firing
- Skills and training
- Sales and marketing
- Customer service
- Information and Communication Technology
Dr Elaine Monkhouse, the Chair of the Skills Guernsey Implementation Group, said:
"These are important topics for business so we hope there will be good support for the programme. The aim is for each one to be relevant and practical so that businesses can learn best practice from the session leaders. They should also be good networking events in their own right."
Those interested in attending the programme can register for any or all of the sessions through a user-friendly website at www.business-skills-programme.eventbrite.com The site will also provide extra information about who will lead each session and what they will cover.
Jo Stagg, Commerce and Employment
Tel: 01481 234 567