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Cardiff University funding to support business development

06 March 2009

Cardiff University is offering funding to help subsidise staff training budgets in small to medium size enterprises (SMEs).

The Cardiff University Leadership and Management Development Fund aims to support SMEs in developing key management and leadership skills.

To take advantage of this opportunity a company should have SME status and be based in Wales. Funding of up to 50% of course cost is available for leadership, management and project management courses offered within the Open for Business programme at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning until 31 July 2009.

It is anticipated that this initial pilot scheme will then be extended to cover further courses during the year.

Clare Sinclair, Business Development Manager at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, said "In a recession the training budget is usually one of the first to go, especially for smaller businesses. Our courses respond to a local business need and the funding offered will enable more businesses to access them during this difficult time."

Cardiff University offers professional development in a range of subject areas, both through its Open for Business programme and through bespoke courses. For more information about available courses visit or telephone 029 2087 5274.


Note to editors

1. For further details visit: or contact Katie McDermott at, Tel: (029)2087 4638.

2. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. It offers professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs. It also provides 700 part time adult learning courses in more than 100 venues across South East Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million.

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the

humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at:

For further information contact:

Kelly Cumiskey
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG

Tel: 029 2087 9330


Ms Jill Wilmott-Doran


Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 0298

Extension: 70298