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Church developed rural business courses gets fund support

A business start-up course aimed at rural community groups or places of worship and developed by The Arthur Rank Centre is to receive funds from The Prince's Countryside Fund ...

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has confirmed that Germinate Enterprise is one of 15 projects they are supporting in their latest round of funding.

Developed by The Arthur Rank Centre, Germinate Enterprise is practical business start-up course designed to be run by any rural community group or place of worship.
 
Through a series of six pre-prepared sessions the programme aims to help participants decide whether to start a business or become self-employed, what the right business is for them, and whether their idea is viable; whilst creating a short business plan.  
 
Germinate Enterprise aims to tackle hidden rural poverty, retain working age and young people in our villages, assist in farm diversification and take advantage of high speed rural broadband as this becomes available.
 
CEO of The Arthur Rank Centre, Jerry Marshall, said “We are thrilled that The Princes Countryside Fund is supporting this exciting new initiative. Over the next three years we plan to develop Germinate Enterprise into a recognised community franchise and bring jobs and hope to the British Countryside.”
 
A participant in a recent pilot of Germinate Enterprise in Worcestershire said: “The course really helped me think logically through the step-by-step process of setting up a business for the first time. I love the fact that this course is for regular people to help them better themselves.”
 
Rural England delivers almost 20% of the nation’s output through microenterprises, SME’s and sole traders; and micro-businesses work particularly well accounting for 351,000 businesses. The Arthur Rank Centre’s project aims to build on the success of this model.
 
Further information together with the Workbook and Facilitator Guide for Germinate Enterprise can be downloaded here.

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