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London's universities say ‘OpenSME’ to new support for capital's small businesses

A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.

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10,000 Small Businesses Programme Briefing Session 4

Publication date: Nov 22, 2011 1:18:00 PM

Start: Dec 1, 2011 6:00:00 PM

Location: CCT Venues - Smithfield, Two East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield, London, EC1A 4PT

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About the London 10ksb Programme:

UCL, one of the top-ten universities in the world, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new programme of training and mentoring to help high-potential small businesses reach new levels of growth and boost profits.

Called “10,000 Small Businesses”, the programme combines a series of intensive workshops, dedicated one-on-one business advice and long-term mentoring. It will help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

The programme is offered free of charge to participants. Demand for places is expected to be high and the selection process involves a detailed application form and interviews. The aim will be to identify the companies that will most benefit from the programme and have the highest capacity for growth.

Applicants from all business areas will be welcome, from retail to high-tech, via manufacturing and services. The organisers are particularly keen to see a broad range of participants, including social enterprises as well as for-profit businesses.

The programme has run in the US for several years and has already proven a success in Manchester and Leeds. It was launched in Birmingham last month and will now be offered in London for the first time.

About this event:

Date: Thursday 1st December 2011, 6pm
Venue: CCT Venues - Smithfield, Two East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield, London, EC1A 4PT

This briefing session is for potential participants and referral partners. 

This session includes an overview of the programme, how it benefits participants, the application process and experiences from some of those that have completed it.

REGISTER TO ATTEND >>

Online applications are now open and will run until 9 December. Short listed applicants will be interviewed in the second half of January 2012 and workshops will run from 16 February to the end of May 2012.

Further details, including the programme's eligibility can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/10ksb

If you have any questions, please contact us via 10ksb@ucl.ac.uk