Digital skills for women who mean business


The SWIFT project was funded by the Government Equalities Office and run in partnership with ESCC and local charity Sound Architect.  The funding was secured by the e-Sussex Broadband Team to promote skills development linked to the East Sussex County Council broadband infrastructure development project.   The aim was to support entrepreneurial women, who are an under-represented group in East Sussex, to bring their business ideas to fruition, contributing strongly to economic growth in East Sussex.

The Swift project facilitated self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by taking advantage of faster and more reliable Broadband to enhance their digital and business skills. The programme consisted of modular and flexible training sessions which focused on delivering IT and business/personal training. Follow this link to our free resources.

Alongside the training, participants were able to attend regular peer to peer groups to share knowledge and experience with the support of a business mentor.   Personal development was a key part of the programme with participants learning to continually plan, act, review and evaluate as their chosen pathways develop, skills which can be used in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.




Business basics

Employment law


Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Forming ideas and scoping business vision

General resources

Gentle introduction to finance

Graphic design

How to use PowerPoint

Internet security

IT for beginners

Legal requirements when starting a business

Managing the money

Negotiation skills

Pitching and presenting

Presentation skills


Proven techniques for improving sales

Selling on Ebay


Social Enterprise/Charity information

The power of saying "no"

Time Management

Understanding essential finance

Wordpress jargon buster