Passionate about what we do, SFEDI are the experts in business and enterprise support having supported businesses to start, survive and grow since 1996.

For almost two decades, the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) has engaged with key enterprise stakeholders, supporters, employers and the self-employed to improve their involvement in developing skills.

We have consistently consulted with a broad range of organisations within the sector to make best use of their advice and contributions in researching and developing sectoral skills solutions and policy recommendations.

Our combined experiences have provided the team with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the people development needs of businesses and the requirements of learning and skills support initiatives that seek to achieve public policy objectives.

Guided by our Advisory Council, comprised of representatives from the major national membership and representative organisations for enterprise and business and enterprise support, we ensure that all of the solutions we provide are best placed and formulated to deliver the highest impact.

SFEDI has played major roles in national and international projects, including:

  • Get Mentoring – a £1.8million project to recruit and train 15,000 volunteer business mentors
  • Small Business Finance Taskforce mentoring strand – developing and delivering a training and accreditation programme for 1000 volunteer business mentors from the banking industry
  • Leonardo Project – leading on a project to create standards, training and support materials for community based business advisers in Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic