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New bursaries launched for Cass alumni

Owner managers offered £1,000 towards leading business development programme

Cass alumni who run their own businesses can apply for a new bursary from one of the UK's leading business growth and development specialists.

Your Business Your Future runs the highly acclaimed Better Business Programme in partnership with the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cass. The £1,000 bursaries are available to all Cass alumni owner managers who participate in the programme.

In the past six years, more than 600 owner managers have taken part in programmes run by the Your Business Your Future team. These include high profile business owners such as Tristram Mayhew of Go Ape, winner of the National Business Awards Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year and in the FastTrack 100 for three consecutive years, Angus Thirlwell of Hotel Chocolat, ranked the UK's fastest growing independently owned business by the Sunday Times in 2008, and Lyn Cecil of Secretaries Plus, who featured in Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire.

The programme is specifically designed for owner managers of established businesses with turnovers of between half-a-million and £20 million and provides an ideal environment for each participant to work on their own specific business opportunities and challenges, developing a growth strategy for their own business and a robust plan to implement it.

Gerard Burke, founder and Managing Director of Your Business Your Future, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass, said: "Participants are supported through a wide range of resources, including an experienced business coach who works with them on a one-on-one basis and in small groups with other ambitious owner managers.

"The overall aim is to ensure every participant achieves a significant return on their investment by making improvements in their business. Businesses which participate in the programme, tend to grow their sales and profits more rapidly than the average smaller business and grow their sales and their profits more quickly after the programme than they did before. We're delighted to offer these new bursaries as a way of encouraging more Cass alumni to take part."

Nick Badman, Chair of Cass's Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: "We are very keen to encourage Cass alumni to take up the bursaries, participate in these programmes and grow their businesses."

Tristram Mayhew, founder and Chief Gorilla of Go Ape, the successful outdoor adventure activities company, described the programme in which he participated in 2006 "as a key turning point". "It led to us trebling our profit to £1.4million in three years. I believe any ambitious owner-led business would benefit from going through this exercise."

To find out more about the programmes and the bursaries, alumni who run their own businesses can contact Gerard Burke on 08456 838 818 or gerard@yourbusinessyourfuture.co.uk or visit the Your Business Your Future website at www.yourbusinessyourfuture.co.uk

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