“You take for granted what you’ve learnt on your journey”

Pam Calvert is the Chief Executive of Communications Management, an integrated PR and marketing communications consultancy that specialises in the education sector. It was recently ranked as the leading PR consultancy in the public sector, by industry magazine PR Week, and understandably the company has an impressive list of clients, including, Brunel University, Lancaster University, […]

Graduates and SMEs: Bridging the Gap – The IOEE Summer Survey Results

The Background A recent report by SFEDI and Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) highlights that whilst there is a clear case that graduates make a positive contribution to SMEs, there are a number of barriers to recruitment of graduates within SMEs. Using evidence from Gilleard and Reichwald (2008) the report highlights that graduates can increase the […]

Designer, Entrepreneur and Mentor: Kemi Farquharson shares her story

This month we were delighted to catch up with Kemi Farquharson, designer and founder of Kemi Boutique which designs couture wedding dresses for the bride-to-be with curves. Her collections have attracted international interest and have led to even more entrepreneurial ventures, including her couture perfume line, First Love, a Plus Size Wedding Fair called Loving Your […]

New qualifications set to widen the skills of enterprise mentors

Lloyds Banking Group has worked in partnership with the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) and Business Mentors South West (BMSW) to develop a brand new suite of qualifications for enterprise mentors keen to develop their skills in digital skills, business support networks, strategic planning, and financial support. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifications, which […]

New opportunity to explore enterprising skills for those in prison

A new qualification for budding business owners is about to be piloted in a selected number of prisons in the UK. The Level 1 Award in Understanding Enterprising Qualities from SFEDI Awards is now available on the Virtual Campus for individuals considering self employment. Virtual Campus allows access to learning resources to assist offenders on their journey to […]