Chamber Welcomes New College Business Centre

26th September 2014

The unveiling of a new business centre at The Sheffield College has been welcomed as 'a great step in the right direction' by the city's Chamber of Commerce.

Former winner of TV show The Apprentice Yasmina Siadatan officially opened The Sheffield College Centre for Business and Enterprise s, kick-starting the MADE festival in the city. At the launch Yasmina, creative director of the Start Up Loans Company, congratulated Sheffield College for 'identifying the importance for businesses to invest in continued professional development and training', adding: -Training adds flexibility and ensures you keep productive, qualified workers who will help your business succeed. The centre was launched in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and with the backing of The Federation of Small Businesses and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Seventy VIPs attended the event held in Sparks Restaurant at Sheffield City College on Granville Road. Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber, said: -The business community has argued for business skills being part of every student's education because it improves their chances of being great contributors and employees. -More than 80 per cent of students at the college stay and work in the region, and those students will have a significant impact on our future success. If we want the best region we need the best people this is a great step in the right direction. Julie Byrne, Principal, Sheffield City College, said: -We play a major role underpinning the local economy. Our courses will enable individuals and businesses to gain the skills they need to grow. The Centre for Business and Enterprise is offering professional courses in more than 35 subjects such as accounting, business and administration, book keeping, customer service, digital marketing and management and leadership. The initiative is part of wider moves by Sheffield College to support the local economy, where small and medium sized businesses make up 95 per cent of the city's business base.

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