- How does SFEDI help business owners starting or running their business?
- How is SFEDI run?
- Why should I look for training products or services that carry the SFEDI logo?
- Which organisations are clients of SFEDI and why?
- How can I see and use the SFEDI individual and organisational standards and leading practice?
- How can I participate in SFEDI’s work?
- What is SFEDI?
- What does SFEDI stand for?
How does SFEDI help business owners starting or running their business?
Everyone at SFEDI, a not for profit organisation led by existing entrepreneurs and business owners, is dedicated to finding what works best in training, learning opportunities and support to ensure prospective and existing entrepreneurs and owner managers have the very best chance of surviving and thriving. SFEDI provides no direct support to business owners but the leading practice and the standards which we develop are used by all good trainers, advisers, mentors and information providers. By continually raising the standard of the training and support prospective and existing business owners get so we improve the chances of success for everyone.
How is SFEDI run?
SFEDI is a UK wide organisation that aims to be like a ‘Consumers Association’ of learning and skills development available to prospective and existing entrepreneurs. We tell everyone what is good and we try to improve what isn’t so good. All the entrepreneurs involved in SFEDI are independent of government but SFEDI is also recognised by government as the standards setting body for training and qualifications for those thinking about, setting up or running their own business and all those providing business support. This downloadable update gives you more detail on the SFEDI business model.
Why should I look for training products or services that carry the SFEDI logo?
The SFEDI logo means that the course, programme, qualification, website, journal, learning media (manuals, DVDs, videos book, cd roms etc) is small business friendly and is of real practical value. SFEDI found that a lot of the training that owner managers and staff in small businesses were receiving was not appropriate. SFEDI has a trained team of people who run small businesses to evaluate whether the training is useful, in the right language, value for money and meets SFEDI good practice guidelines. If it does then they recommend it for endorsement and a SFEDI committee of entrepreneurs and small business advisers award it the SFEDI logo. So look for the logo and give me your views on any SFEDI endorsed product or service you use at email@example.com.
Which organisations are clients of SFEDI and why?
Most of SFEDI’s clients for its standards setting and leading practice research work are government funded departments (e.g. DfES, DTI, Defra, Scottish Enterprise, Invest Northern Ireland), agencies (SSDA, QCA, SQA, SBS LSC), and bodies (Investors in People (UK), Sector Skills Councils, Ufi/Learn Direct) plus major small business support organisations (banks, trade associations, major training providers and educational institutions).
How can I see and use the SFEDI individual and organisational standards and leading practice?
Once SFEDI has developed or identified standards or leading practice – things that work in practice to help small businesses survive and thrive – then SFEDI ensures it makes this information freely available to everyone via this web site. See our download section.
How can I participate in SFEDI’s work?
There are many ways of participating in SFEDI’s work to raise standards of enterprise development. The SFEDI board is advised by a number of groups where the members have a particular interest or expertise such as research, products and services endorsement and education. We have consultation events and focus groups regularly taking place to assist our research studies and you can comment on our research projects in progress at www.sfedi.org.uk. If you are a successful entrepreneur you can lead our work by applying be invited onto our Forum for Entrepreneurs. You can nominate entrepreneurs for awards that have benefited from SFEDI endorsed products and services. Plus we want all small business owners to be ‘mystery shoppers’ and let us know how you rated a SFEDI endorsed programme, product or service. Please do get involved – contact Tony Robinson OBE, Executive Chairman, SFEDI at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is SFEDI?
SFEDI sets the standards for business and learning support, seeks out good practice, researches and describes the competences needed to succeed in your own business.
What does SFEDI stand for?
SFEDI formally stands for Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative.