The Swift Project is a bespoke digital and business skills training programme that supports women in rural areas of East Sussex to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to use superfast broadband to expand or set-up new businesses.
Since October 2014, the project, which is funded by the Government Equalities Office and run in partnership with East Sussex County Council, Sound Architect Creative Media and MDHUB has supported 80 women with training, peer to peer sessions and mentoring. Participants come from varied backgrounds with some already running established businesses and some who have the germ of an idea but need some help and advice to get started.
Here’s what some of the participants said about taking part in the Swift Project:
“I have found a reignited passion for learning and a new determination to make my business a success. I cannot describe the impact this course has had on my life and the unlimited enthusiasm the tutors have had for each and every participant’s business is inspirational. I will always acknowledge the fact that being part of the Swift Project has made me a braver, stronger and more confident person who had a ‘good idea’ and with help from the course is going to turn it into a ‘great business’.”
“The courses that we have participated in have provided an opportunity to take a step back, view our business from the outside, and most crucially benefit from other women who are also struggling with many of the same challenges that we are, who have been willing to give us their views in a very honest, supportive and non-judgemental way. The combination of peer support and courses led by experts in their fields has not only enabled us to learn new digital skills, which will help us manage our business day to day as well as promote it more effectively, but also helped us to see where and how we could focus our business aims to expand in the most suitable direction for us.”