Business aims to upskill local SMMEs

CELTICO (Pty) Ltd, a local clothing design house that supplies national retail chains, has committed to provide free business development training for a three year period to six qualifying businesses.

“We are passionate about growing local businesses as we believe they play an imperative role in job creation and economic growth for our province,” say Julienne Prozesky and Alex Roberts, owners of Celtico.

For applicants to be considered the business must have been in operation for at least two years, it must have a minimum 51 per cent black ownership, make a turnover of between R2 million and R10 million per annum, must be preferably Durban-based and must be committed to the three year development training programme.

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The training programme will be run by business coach, Darryn Le Grange and will comprise of two half day training sessions per month for the first year, followed by monthly support sessions thereafter. This practical programme which is scheduled to start in October, will teach the successful applicants the key disciplines required to run a successful business, including goal setting and vision, time management, financial mastery, marketing strategies, sales, customer service, building a winning team and systemising your business.

Interested businesses are invited to submit a one-page motivational letter including a brief background on their business to: The deadline for submissions is on or before close of business on Friday, 28 September. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within one week. Thereafter a round of interviews will be held and the final, six successful businesses will be announced during the first week of October.


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