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Enterprise Development

Professional SFEDI Qualifications for Businesses & Organisations

Midlands Business Leadership Academy provides accredited SFEDI qualifications to a varied range of businesses and organisations who deliver a business and enterprise service to the wider public. 


Our accredited qualification programmes are tailored around your specific business needs so that you can deliver an exceptional standard of high quality enterprise support services to your clients.


We work with businesses and organisations who benefit from our fully supported training programmes including: 


  • Housing Associations - providing business start up information and advice to tenants who have learned a trade and want to set up their own business, or who may have difficulty securing employment.


  • Financial Firms and Start-up Funding Organisations - providing start up advice, funding, guidance, and support for business sustainability and growth.


  • Growth Hubs - providing help and guidance for business start ups, offering a range of products and services to help new entrepreneurs.


  • Recruitment Agents - providing additional employment support to clients who are interested in exploring self-employment as a career or who want to start their own business.


  • Local Authorities and Library Services - providing business enterprise workshops, information, guidance, and support to the general public.


  • Social Enterprises - providing support to help individuals transition from unemployment to self-employment together with  business mentoring and coaching services.


  • Local Business Chambers - providing business information to new business start-ups, and business support to existing businesses.


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.

The SFEDI Group has 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.

The SFEDI Directory Professional Code of Conduct and scope are guided and advised by the SFEDI Advisory Council comprised of representatives from the major national membership and representative organisations for business and enterprise support.

As an accredited IOEE Academy, MBL is fully qualified to deliver SFEDI training programmes and coaching/mentoring services according to SFEDI standards. We take pride in helping you realise numerous tangible benefits for your organisation, your clients, and the individuals carrying out the training including:

  • Learning key business advising skills that can be transferred to the workplace

  • Building your business advisory team and their capabilities to motivate and engage clients and other stakeholders

  • Building the ability for individuals to manage relationships with confidence

  • Gaining recognition through SFEDI accreditation and SFEDI Awards 

  • Raising your profile through inclusion in the SFEDI Directory and associated SFEDI Directory Professional Code of Conduct

  • Building learning for Continual Professional Development (CPD)


Our full suite of accredited SFEDI training programmes can be found on our Professional Development page.


What's next?  

If you are looking to develop a new or existing team to deliver an exceptional level of business and enterprise support for your clients, please get in touch to talk to us about your plans. 


As soon as we receive your enquiry, we will contact you for an initial chat, and then arrange a suitable time for a free consultation to discuss your specific business needs and requirements.​

We will then send a written proposal with options and recommendations together with timescales and costings for you to consider prior to finalising a plan of action. 


We look forward to hearing from you.

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