BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) has announced the graduation of the first and second cohorts of the programme. To mark the occasion a ceremony with certificate presentation was held at the Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham.
Each of the BSEEN graduates has now been trading successfully for over 12 months and received on-going support from the programme. This includes intensive start-up training, a business mentor, access to workshop space and networking opportunities.
Carolyn Keenan, Project Manager explains “The first year in business is tough for anyone and the failure rate can be high. So we are delighted to see our first and second cohorts reach this milestone. One of the many benefits from being part of this programme is the collaboration and networking with peers. After 12 months some genuine friendships have been made and we are looking forward to seeing the businesses go from strength to strength.”
Peter Connolly, Peter and Jayne Printing said “I have just graduated from Aston University with a degree in English Language. During my final year I was supported by BSEEN to run a printing business. Having a non-business background the guidance and advice I received was invaluable. I was able to learn how to run and grow a business successfully. I have now gone from being a sole trader to setting up as a limited company. Being part of BSEEN has enabled me to make this my chosen graduate career path”.
To date BSEEN has supported over 100 businesses to register in the region and has provided start-up training to over 300 budding entrepreneurs. We are currently seeking volunteer mentors who are keen to share their expertise and knowledge, guiding fledgling business owners to help them feel inspired and confident to succeed.
BSEEN, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is a collaborative initiative between Aston University, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. BSEEN is based in Birmingham Innovation Campus, Aston Science Park Aston.