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BUSI­NESS OWN­ERS CAN now gain es­sen­tial busi­ness skills via a brand new on­line train­ing course. The Fast Track Start-Up Pro­gram has been de­vel­oped by Fiona Clark, di­rec­tor of Break­Through Busi­ness So­lu­tions, and is the first time her ex­per­tise and strate­gies have been avail­able via a dig­i­talonly plat­form.

The pro­gram is par­tic­u­larly for SMEs in their first two years of trad­ing. “I was in­spired to cre­ate it after re­peated re­quests for help from busi­ness own­ers who wanted a sen­si­ble, step-by-step ap­proach to learn­ing the cru­cial el­e­ments of how to grow and main­tain a flour­ish­ing busi­ness,” says Clark.

“Small busi­ness own­ers of­ten con­tact me be­cause they're feel­ing stressed, wor­ried about cash­flow and tired of work­ing long hours for lit­tle re­turn. They know they need to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, but don't know what to do or how to do it.

“This pro­gram can take them out of over­whelm and put them firmly on the path to sus­tained busi­ness success,” she says.

There are six mod­ules in the six-month course, in­clud­ing plan­ning, sys­tems, sales and mar­ket­ing. "We work our way log­i­cally through the fun­da­men­tal build­ing blocks of any vi­able com­pany," ex­plains Clark. "Fail­ure to prop­erly un­der­stand and im­ple­ment just one of th­ese could be a very costly mis­take."

Al­though this is re­mote learn­ing, pro­gram par­tic­i­pants have the ben­e­fit of reg­u­lar check-ins from Fiona and her team to en­sure they are us­ing the many avail­able re­sources (in­clud­ing down­load­able tem­plates and videos) and are on track.

"Th­ese mod­els and strate­gies have been proven time and again. I've used them with hun­dreds of com­pa­nies, so I know they work," ex­plains Clark.

Course mem­bers have the ad­di­tional sup­port of an ex­clu­sive dig­i­tal fo­rum, where ideas and in­no­va­tions can be shared, and dis­cus­sion points raised, while be­ing part of a pos­i­tive on­line com­mu­nity.

"This pro­gram isn't based on aca­demic learn­ing, but on what works in the real world. It's highly prac­ti­cal and hands-on, and de­signed to fit in around a SME’s hec­tic sched­ule.

“I know that par­tic­i­pants who com­mit to this course, get stuck in and do the work, re­ally will get the re­sults they de­serve."

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