Originally the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative, the founding company SFEDI® is now focussed on raising the quality of enterprising skills by identifying and delivering programmes of support which increase both start up and survival rates amongst small and micro business communities. Projects run by SFEDI® include:
This project was a UK Government initiative to recruit and train 15,000 volunteer business mentors
Small Business Finance Taskforce Mentoring Strand
This project involved the development and delivery of a training and accreditation programme to 1,000 volunteer business mentors from the banking industry
SFEDI® took the lead on a project to create standards, training and support materials for Community Based Business Advisers in Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic
Standards and Qualifications Development
SFEDI® has developed standards and qualifications for business support professionals working in Scotland and also developed a standards framework, training and support materials for Social Firms UK to enable social firms to start, develop and maintain successful businesses.