Survive and Thrive - activities to help businesses and individuals sail through the economic storm

Published: 15 June 2009 at 14:45

A programme of bite-sized support is launched to help move business and people forwards

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Anglia Ruskin University’s Research, Development and Commercial Services (RDCS) team is launching a series of free of charge or subsidised seminars devised to help businesses and individuals adapt to the radically changed economic conditions.

In response to the recession, experts at Anglia Ruskin are offering a comprehensive programme of support, aimed at helping businesses, individuals, graduates and start-ups to weather the economic storm. The ‘Survive and Thrive’ programme has been designed to help businesses and individuals not only to maintain position during the challenging conditions but to become more competitive; and so in a stronger position when the economy does eventually pick up.

Businesses are under pressure to cut costs, yet many training courses are expensive and difficult to fit in around work commitments. Training is essential in order to move businesses forward and maintain staff morale, so Anglia Ruskin University has designed flexible, bite-sized ways to develop staff through practical and topical seminars, workshops and short courses. And for those businesses facing potential staff cuts, Anglia Ruskin can provide specialist consultancy advice and support to staff at risk of redundancy.

With a regional forecast of 170,000 job losses by 2012, the need for individuals to keep their skills up to date is more important than ever.  The support offered has been devised to help people to achieve results at work, gain confidence and improve job prospects with specialist training and business networking opportunities.

The Summer series of the programme is about to launch in Chelmsford with the following free events:

Understanding the real value of your business and how to obtain external finance Tuesday 30 June 2009, Chelmsford campus, 10am – 4pm

Introduction to social enterprise Thursday 16 July 2009, Chelmsford campus, 9.00am – 4pm

Making project management work Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 July 2009, Chelmsford campus, Two days 9.30am – 4pm.

Speaking about the planned events, Chris Davies, Assistant Business Director, from RDCS at Anglia Ruskin University said:

“Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) dominate the region and are more vulnerable during downturns. We have a strong track record of working with businesses to help them grow and it is vital that we use our expertise and resources to help them survive and prosper during these difficult times.”

“These seminars will give businesses and individuals the confidence they need to take the next step-change towards survival, career stability or enhancement – our qualified experts will give all the advice needed and at minimal or no cost.”

The Anglia Ruskin Survive and Thrive programme is free or heavily subsidised for businesses, individuals, graduates and start-ups located in the East of England. Anglia Ruskin has a strong track record of working with businesses and has been successful in securing government funding for the programme, matched with its own resources until September 2010.

For further information, email surviveandthrive@anglia.ac.uk or telephone 0845 196 3177. Please book early, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.