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Nedbank has partnered with non-profit company Fix Forward to enable 100 tradespeople to take part in a 12-month entrepreneur development programme. This programme is intended to equip the tradespeople with the skills and experience necessary to run their own small businesses.

Nedbank fix it programmeFounded in 2012, Fix Forward connects homeowners and businesses wishing to renovate with hand-picked quality tradesmen. People wanting to renovate their home or office struggle to find quality, reliable tradesmen. At the same time, many tradesmen from low-income communities lack the professional networks or access to effective marketing resources, and therefore struggle to secure contracts. Fix Forward uses a strict screening process and holds the tradespeople accountable for delivering an exceptional service.

Nedbank is now providing R3.4 million for the enterprise development initiative that will see 50 tradespeople in Cape Town and 50 in Gauteng grow their entrepreneurial skills. Selected tradespeople meeting the Fix Forward screening requirements - to ensure high quality workmanship, integrity and reliability - are eligible to participate in the year-long development programme, which incorporates e-learning, workshops and coaching. The content is industry specific and deals with various aspects of running a business, from marketing and pricing to financial and project management.

“Fix Forward introduces the industry to competitively priced, competent tradesmen, and is giving back to equip these individuals in establishing businesses of their own. As a bank for small business, it’s an initiative that matches our desire to grow the economy and create jobs through our own innovative solutions aimed at helping small entrepreneurs,” says Nirmala Reddy, Nedbank Senior Manager: Enterprise Development.

“We’re delighted with Nedbank’s support of our initiative to set talented, skilled and hard-working tradesmen on a path to building successful businesses. We not only connect them with the market but also focus on giving them the know-how on how to run their own businesses, thus becoming self-sufficient,” adds Joshua Cox, CEO of Fix Forward.

“The demand for our tradesmen continues to grow in tandem with Fix Forward’s reputation for excellent service and reliable workmanship. This means we have a real need for specialist tradesmen – particularly builders, carpenters and cabinet-makers, tilers & pavers, and plumbers – to make applications to join our network. Successful applicants have the opportunity to benefit from the current development programme funding from Nedbank too.”

Credit: http://fixforward.com/

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