Capital Enterprise

October 23, 2006 04:30 ET

Capital Enterprise:Helping five Londoners a day

Award to agencies that empower the capital's entrepreneurs to start and run thriving new businesses

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) - The achievement of Capital Enterprise members in helping Londoners in the poorer parts of the capital to become their own boss is honoured today.

This follows the success of the 23 London-based agencies that are members of Capital Enterprise. These agencies operate in all 33 of the capital's boroughs, helping Londoners to start and run thriving new businesses.

The agencies' achievement has been recognised by the award to London of the Barclays' Let's Talk Business Award for Best Region for Customer Service at the 13th Annual National Federation of Enterprise Agencies (NFEA) Conference.

Presented by Fraser MacKay, Head of Commercial Marketing at Barclays Local Business, the award reflects the 98 per cent positive satisfaction rate with the work of Capital Enterprise's member-agencies as expressed by delegates.

Vijit Singh, Executive Director of Capital Enterprise, the London agencies' representative body said:

"This honour endorses London's collaborative working, public-private partnerships, the quality of our programme management and delivery functions and, above all, customer satisfaction."

Mark Bower, Barclays Regional Business Director, Local Business for Inner London, said:

"I am delighted that the high quality of the training that Capital Enterprise and its member agencies deliver in conjunction with the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies is recognised by the most important people in the enterprise equation, the potential business-owners themselves."

Capital Enterprise's Vijit Singh explained:

"We are running 90 events this year aimed at those thinking of starting in business and those that are imminently starting-up, to help facilitate entrepreneurship in the capital. These are attended by an average of 15 businesses per event, which suggests that Capital Enterprise member agencies are enabling more than five Londoners a day to become their own boss."

He continued:

"The Capital Enterprise network has sprung to national recognition from small beginnings and our London initiatives are now widely used elsewhere. For example, we developed a half day seminar, piloting it at Harrow in Business and at HBV Enterprise in Hackney, and this seminar is now being adopted as a model by other agencies up and down the country."

Although the Barclays Let's Talk Business award honours all 23 Capital Enterprise member agencies, Vijit paid particular tribute to 14 London-region enterprise support organisations and nine individuals:

- Business Extra
- Centa Business Services
- Croydon Business Venture
- East London Small Business Centre
- Enterprise Enfield
- Harrow in Business
- HBV Enterprise
- KIS Training
- Merton Chamber of Commerce
- oneLondon
- Portobello Business Centre
- South East Enterprise
- Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre
- TNG/InBiz.

Regional Trainers:

- Alan Goodall
- Cliff Maxen
- Graham Jordan
- James Walsh
- Ken Sheppard
- Michael Locke
- Norman Pierce
- Vince Waldron.


- John Spindler, JSA Solutions.

Media contact:

For further information, case studies and photo opportunities:

Vijit Singh, Executive Director
Capital Enterprise
The Old Fire Station
140, Tabernacle Street

T: 020 7300 7252
F: 020 7300 7201

Note to editors:

Capital Enterprise

Capital Enterprise is the membership body for deliverers of enterprise support in London. It facilitates entrepreneurship via its 23 member organisations covering all 33 London boroughs and management of pan-London programmes - New Entrepreneur Scholarships, Let's Talk Business and Business Volunteer Mentors amongst other initiatives.

Capital Enterprise:

- Is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the enterprise agenda

- Its member agencies are key to enterprise development from concept
through to start-up and growth

- Management of externally-funded programmes is carried out in
conjunction with the NFEA, member and partner organisations
including The Prince's Trust, hence providing an unparalleled
network for the provision of business support from national
through to local levels

- Capital Enterprise manages the Let's Talk Business programme in
London sponsored by Barclays with the NFEA as national partner.
This initiative is supported by the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants and has the support of The Prince's Trust
and the British Library in London. This national programme helps
would-be entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas via attending
a free seminar to develop a concept and/or to get to the stage where
they are imminently due to start-up. Delegates are provided with hands-on
advice, support and guidance by expert business advisers, whilst sharing
the experience with others at a similar stage in their lives.

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