RISE 'SFEDI' Bursary heralded a success
The provision of high quality business advice to social enterprises throughout the region is a priority for RISE. To help this to happen, RISE set-up a bursary scheme for social enterprise advisors to benefit from a 50% discount on the price of being SFEDI assessed and accredited. RISE is supporting 22 advisors to get quality approved through the scheme which opened in 2006. The bursary, which supports advisors with the costs of being SFEDI assessed, was a limited opportunity and all funds have now been committed.
Paula Howley, RISE Projects Manager states "social enterprises are more successful if the business advice they receive is of a high quality. Whether starting-up, growing or facing the challenges of an established business, social enterprises rely on relevant and accurate advice".
SFEDI is the nationally recognised accreditation scheme that assesses the competence of business advisors. Being assessed leads to a joint ILM/SFEDI award and means you are eligible for entry on the new National Register of Business Support Professionals. The purpose is to ensure business advisors have the ability to provide a high standard of business advice and to demonstrate their commitment to continuing their own professional development to maintain that quality of advice. For more information visit www.sfedi.co.uk
RISE has been working in partnership with Quality South West to deliver the bursary scheme. Quality South West are the only Licensed Centre in South West England and Wales that can provide official SFEDI accreditation and place properly assessed people on to the National Register of Business Advisors. To retain SFEDI accreditation it must be renewed every 2 years. It is also particulary well suited to organisations that work on behalf of the public sector. For more information visit www.qualitysouthwest.co.uk/SFEDI.asp