Boost for Women’s Enterprise

By on 20/01/2014 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News
Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cabinet is set to approve the full business case for a scheme to redevelop part of Southside Business Centre in Sparkbrook as a Women's Enterprise Centre later today (20 January 2014).

The redevelopment follows the creation of a new facility - the Women's Enterprise Hub – in partnership with South and City College in Digbeth last February.  The Hub has been providing support and training for women in textiles and Haute Couture at a variety of levels from entry to advanced skills.  When they are at the point to start a business, the new Women's Enterprise Centre will help them become established within a commercial environment and with tailored wrap around business support.

Using grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Growing Places Funding and High Street Innovation, the scheme to create the Women's Enterprise Centre will cost just over £1.5 million.

Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills, Cllr Tahir Ali, said: “The Women's Enterprise Centre will provide a much needed package of support for women's businesses and will help boost employment in the Sparkbrook area and further afield.

“The creation of the Women's Enterprise Hub last year has enabled us to work in partnership with South and City College to provide support and training for women in textiles and Haute Couture.

“This new redevelopment of part of the Southside Business Centre to create the Women's Enterprise Centre is a welcome piece of targeted support for emerging business women.  It will do much to improve business skills and confidence amongst women whilst encouraging Enterprise start-ups.  It will also promote Birmingham’s ambition to be the ‘Enterprise Capital’ of Britain.”

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For further media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385

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