Free training and help in digital skills for women in business

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Female entrepreneurs are being offered free training and support to improve their digital skills.

The ‘Women and Broadband’ programme, which is funded by Central Bedfordshire, Bedford and Milton Keynes councils, has been made available to help women start or grow their own business by getting them online and making new technology work for them.

The programme has been launched by leading local enterprise agency Wenta, and is available to all women living in Central Bedfordshire, as well as Bedford and Milton Keynes.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The time is right for us to offer a programme of support for local women to help them understand how developing their online business will lead to greater business success.

“Wenta, a leading local enterprise agency, will be providing a wide range of business support and training to encourage and inspire more women entrepreneurs in our region to get online and make new technology work for their businesses.”

Whether in the start-up phase or if they are trying to expand an existing business, the programme offers a variety of support options to women including one-to-one business advice and mentoring, bite-sized training courses on topics such as social media and website development as well as a range of networking opportunities to encourage peer-to-peer support.

Jeremy Green, Business Advisor at Wenta, added: “We’re excited to be delivering this programme – we are aware that there are many women business owners out there that are doing a fantastic job but not necessarily utilising the digital technologies that are now available.

“This scheme will help them to increase their knowledge of online developments as well as reap the many benefits that being online can bring to their business. We hope that this scheme will encourage even more female entrepreneurs in the future too.”

To sign up for the programme or for more information, visit www.wenta.co.uk/wab