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DTI wins STEP Agency Award 14 November 2005

    The Department of Trade & Industry has been recognised as the best Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP) agency in the North West. The Award was made at the STEP Regional Competition held at Castlefield Rooms, Manchester where winner of the local competition, Andrew Jervis presented his STEP project on the creation of a Guide to complement the training provided by the International Business School for the DTI’s Small Business Start Up Scheme.

    The Award recognises the efforts made by the STEP team in responding efficiently and effectively with the STEP organisers throughout the year and was awarded on the basis of feedback from the students taking part in the 2005 Programme. The team has the task of matching and placing 20 to 30, penultimate year undergraduates with small to medium businesses to work on projects which will add value to the business during their summer vacation. Projects are wide and varied and may be to solve a marketing problem, undertake a business survey, design and implement a web site, rationalise information processes or set up a new system. There are no restrictions on the types of project but businesses must be no larger than 250 employees in order to be eligible for the competition.

    “I am very pleased with the team’s achievement,” said Alex Downie, MLC, Minister for Trade & Industry “it’s gratifying to receive recognition from this prestigious scheme and my special thanks go to Kathryn Butler, Programme Manager and Ian Moncrief-Scott, Marketing Manager for their dedication to making the programme a continued success.” He went on “the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme can provide valuable experience for students wishing to advance their opportunities after university and enables them to see the wealth of opportunity available to them on the Island. It also offers businesses the chance to undertake an important piece of work and acquire tangible, innovative and creative solutions for a modest cost.”

    The Department wishes to thank everyone who has helped to make the STEP 2005 a resounding success and looks forward to welcoming new organisations as well as previous participants and next year’s undergraduates to STEP 2006. Organisations wishing to receive information about the initiative and STEP 2006 are requested to contact Kathryn Butler, Programme Manager at the Department of Trade & Industry, Hamilton House, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5EP or kathryn.butler@gov.im or on 682383. Additional background information about STEP can also be found at the STEP UK web site: www.step.org.uk .

    14th November 2005

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