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Business Mentoring Programme continues to gain popularity

By MARAIA VULA The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme continues to gain popularity in Fiji with positive feedback coming from participants. Another week-long workshop by facilitators Robin Putt and Gill Garchow
03 Feb 2014 10:29

By MARAIA VULA

The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme continues to gain popularity in Fiji with positive feedback coming from participants.
Another week-long workshop by facilitators Robin Putt and Gill Garchow ended on a high note the past week.
Ms Garchow said: “For every workshop we require feedback to come back as part of the funding for the programme and I have to say it’s fabulous and not just a tick box.
“Feedback really is about making a difference and what we receive is that some participants have new clients, some have future plans for their business which is encouraging,” she said.
There were over a 100 participants from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that had undergone training at Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva.
Ms Putt feels it’s to do with networking – a business group coming together, hearing and absolutely identifying the highs and lows of businesses.
“We are here to help each other with skills as business people and we are still learning and we never stop learning in business and that’s what makes these courses really rich,” she said.
The whole purpose of this programme they said was about raising capabilities and productivity and to make businesses more sustainable.

More exposure
First time participants were confident this training would lead to more exposure.
At Your Service director Payal Vukitu said: “This is a great opportunity for us to get more exposure and actually get a fair idea of what we want to do from here.”
Company supervisor Natasha Rika said: “Now we have a more sense of where the business needs to be and how to improve what needs to be improved in the business.
“We need to set more goals and have proper planning and good directions.
“I think this workshop has helped us to prepare for financial transactions because I am not good with numbers but they make me feel I can do it.”
They are both hoping to attend the next workshop and any other workshop under this programme which is being co-ordinated by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

Participants attending the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme workshop held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva the past week. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN




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