Council wins business development funding

By Jim Dunton - Wed 18 December 2013, 2:30 pm

Small businesses in Enfield are set to benefit from digital technology training and the provision of a cloud-based computing offer after the borough's library and museum service won a key funding award.

It has been allocated £45,000 from the government’s Enterprising Libraries Fund to set up the scheme, in partnership with Enterprise Enfield.

The programme will include a series of seminars for start-up businesses, backed up with advice and guidance sessions and computer training.

Anyone taking part in the scheme will also be given free access to a cloud service for a year.

Councillor Bambos Charalambous, the borough’s culture and leisure lead, said that start-up seminars and support packages could be a hugely motivational offer.

“I am delighted that we have been successful in securing this money to help even more local people turn their business ideas into reality and I look forward to us helping even more of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs,” he said.

Enfield has also called on local small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of a new offer to help cover the cost of connecting to super-fast broadband services.

The borough is one of six in the capital offering vouchers worth up to £3,000 to help cover the capital costs of broadband upgrading, as part of the government’s Super Connected Cities programme.