The SHINE (SCOLA’s Hub for Innovation, Networking & Entrepreneurship) one year celebration evening went with a bang last night at the centre in North Cheam.
Partners of the SHINE Project as well as students and distinguished guests including the Mayor of Sutton and Cllr Ruth Dombey, listened to previous SHINE students talking about their experiences and how the Project has helped them develop their businesses. The SHINE Project has been running for a year, providing support for businesses from start ups to established organisations including business seminars and coaching sessions.
The London Borough of Sutton’s Business Enterprise Team talked about the strengthening relationships between the Borough and the College and how the SHINE project has exceeded all targets set. Initially, the project, funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, set targets for the SHINE Project to engage with 15 businesses in the local area. SHINE exceeded this target by over double the target and continues to provide innovative business support to the local area.
The Mayor, Cllr Sean Brennan, said that ‘SCOLA has risen to the challenge of providing the necessary support for entrepreneurs and business start-ups and provides a flexible working environment in the form of incubation, bespoke and tailor-made business support to help businesses get off to a flying start. Sutton is a place to do business in and support is available in many forms especially the work of SHINE.’
There is a full programme of exciting business seminars and workshops available from just £10 and new developments in the SHINE Project include the introduction of the SHINE Club – a facility where members can access a diverse range of business seminars and workshops, hot desking and networking opportunities, meeting facilities and events included in the membership fee.
Further information can be found http://www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/shine/