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Barking Enterprise Centre given official stamp of approval

The Barking Enterprise Centre, created by IT and business services provider Agilisys, yesterday celebrated gaining official status as an Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) Recognised Centre.

The IOEE, a professional institute promoting enterprise in the UK, is led by the government-backed Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). Mark Kass, Programme Director of the Barking Enterprise Centre, highlighted the importance of the accreditation, saying: “We’ve now been recognised as a leading edge, global organisation in the field of entrepreneurship which enables us to benchmark the centre against international standards. We can show that we’re part of a quality assured system that enables us to review and continuously improve how we deliver our exciting and evolving support programme.”

He added: “I am extremely proud of this achievement which is testament to the centre’s commitment to delivering a valuable, leading edge programme for the local residents of East London.”

Barking Enterprise Centre (BEC) was launched jointly with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham in 2011 to support small and start-up businesses in the area. With the help of Agilisys, it offers free business advice services ranging from business-support workshops, networking events, franchising advice, and one-to-one counselling sessions with experts in business coaching.

Steven Beard, CEO of Agilisys, said: “IOEE Recognised Centre Status further demonstrates Agilisys’ commitment to supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Barking & Dagenham through our joint venture with the council, Elevate East London. The award builds on Agilisys’ own entrepreneurial background and history of working with local authorities across the UK to foster innovation and create growth through local recognised centres.”

Nathan Hardwick, Executive Chair of the IOEE said the decision to give the BEC official status was down to its “enthusiastic and committed team” having an “extremely positive impact on the success of small businesses in the area,” by helping them to gain the knowledge, confidence and networks that are critical for success.

Barking & Dagenham was named ‘Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough’ by the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils awarding us the last year.