Tuesday, September 11 11:49:20
ISME, with the support of AIB and ISME Skillnet, have today launched the Advance Business Programme to help SMEs to improve their business.
The programme, which is specifically designed for owner managers, helps them to develop and implement business improvements.
During the course of this programme the owner managers complete a mentored improvement project, making a real and immediate impact on their own individual businesses.
Ruairi Quinn, T.D., Minister for Education and Skills, who formally launched the programme, said: "This new programme is proof that we never stop learning and that education really is for life". "Small and medium businesses make enormous contributions to communities all across the country and people who take part in this course can develop their companies further. Opening up new commercial opportunities will help Ireland's economic recovery and I am sure this programme will assist small and medium businesses to do just that."
Bernard Byrne, Director of Personal and Business Banking AIB, said, "supporting skills development is very important to the SME sector. Programmes such as this provide a practical means of assisting management in getting the very best from their business and opening up potential commercial opportunities".
According to ISME CEO, Mark Fielding, "It is essential that SME owner managers are supported in every way possible to improve their business, sustain employment and continue to grow, this programme ticks all the boxes".
AIB and ISME Skillnet part fund this certified SME Management programme, which is delivered at Griffith College Dublin.