PMB is to host the rollout of ‘Profitnet’

2007-12-03 00:00

Pietermaritzburg will in the coming months play host to the rollout of an exciting new intervention aimed at established small businesses that wish to embrace change, innovation and strategic planning.

The local small business community will no doubt benefit from “Profitnet” — an initiative made possible by the British Council’s England-Africa Partnership development grant that has been awarded to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Leadership Centre and Brighton University’s Centre for Research in Innovation Management.

The programme is aimed at small businesses that have been running for more than one year. The programme does not provide any funding to participating businesses whatsoever.

Profitnet is a Learning Networks programme designed to help business owners increase profitability and productivity, identify opportunities and current trends, gain practical competitive advantage, develop new products and services, improve skills and motivation and develop management skills, business planning, and team working.

The recent launch in Pietermaritzburg brought together UK and South African stakeholders, as well as participating businesses and facilitators.

Dr George Tsekouras — the man behind Profitnet UK — explained that businesses have to learn, change and be innovative in order to survive and thrive.

He said Profitnet has the potential to enhance management skills, encourage strategic thinking, introduce change and even provide emotional and moral support to business owners.

Local small business owners/directors who would like to be part of the programme can contact the local project manager, Clare O’Neill on: oneillc1@ukzn.ac.za or 033 260 5675.

The deadline for registration is December 12 2007 and there are a limited number of places available.

kavith@witness.co.za

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