Diploma in Small Business Finance for Female Entrepreneurs recieve their Certificates from the International Association of Book keepers.

Dip in Fin

Pictured along with their tutor Amanda Milligan from South West College are some of the delighted students from the Diploma in Small Business Finance for Female Entrepreneurs, who have just received their certificates from the International Association of Book-keepers this week.

The course took place part-time between Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre and the Skills centre, South West College. This group of female entrepreneurs from across the Central Border Region (including Fermanagh, Tyrone, Cavan & Monaghan) are participating on the Higher Attainment through Cross border Hubs (HATCH) Programme. The HATCH programme is designed to support and develop Female Entrepreneurship through a series of accredited programmes and networking events. HATCHhas been part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, with the Irish Central Border Area Network as Lead Partner.

The Diploma in Small Business Finance has been developed to “take the fear out of finance for small businesses.” As Dympna McCarron explains “If the thought of dealing with income statements and balance sheets makes you nervous, then the Diploma in Small Business Finance is an ideal course for you.” It will support you in demystifying all aspects of financial and management accounts. For newcomers to small business finance, accounting can be a very intimidating prospect. The aim of the programme is to bridge the gap between the needs of accountants/auditors, while keeping most of the accounting function in house and accessible to the owner manager or key support staff. It is unique in that it addresses business finance from a cross border perspective also. All of the participants involved in the course seen the course as an opportunity to broaden their finance skills both from a RoI and NI perspective.

One of the participants on the programme praised the course by saying “Everything I have learnt in the course I will take forward with me, in my business and in the future. It has also really helped me understand finance.”