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Cardiff University courses to support business development

14 December 2009

In the past twelve months Cardiff University’s Business Development Team have helped many Welsh businesses by providing funding to subsidise staff training in small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). Following this success, the team have secured funding for a further six months, covering courses offered in the newly launched Open for Business programme of short courses for 2010.

The Open for Business programme offers professional development in a range of subject areas including; Management and Leadership, Project Management, Marketing, Communication Skills, Language and Cultural Awareness, Statistics, and Finance. Bespoke courses are also available.

Clare Sinclair, Business Development Manager at Cardiff University, said; "Our courses respond to a local business need and the funding will enable more businesses to access them during this difficult time. Funding offered is for 60 per cent of course cost for management and leadership courses, and 40 per cent for other courses offered within the Open for Business programme until 31st July 2010."

Diana James from Tourism Training for Wales, a company which has benefited from the funding, commented: "Training budgets can be stretched a lot further when they are subsidised. The funding provided by Cardiff University’s Open for Business programme simply means that more staff received more training – which can only be a good thing for business. We were all very impressed by the courses, they were hands-on and relevant. Delegates came back to the office more confident and feel they received a good framework of skills from this training."

To take advantage of this opportunity a company should have SME status and be based in Wales. For more information about available courses visit or telephone 029 2087 5274.

1. For further details visit: or contact Katie McDermott at , Tel: (029)2087 4638.

2. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. It offers professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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4. SME status

To qualify for the funding, businesses need to have less than 250 employees, and not be a subsidiary of a larger company employing more than this number of people.

Kelly Cumiskey

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Senghennydd Road


CF24 4AG

029 2087 9330