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    Posted 23 June 2003

    RURAL BUSINESSES ACROSS the West Midlands are being urged to take advantage of the free business advice being offered to them before the offer concludes at the end of September.

    As part of the onBusiness initiative, supported by Advantage West Midlands, Harper Adams University College is offering free help for farmers and rural businesses that want to get on-line.

    Without cost or obligation, onBusiness offers assistance with basic computer set-up, Internet access and E-mail, a free E-mail and telephone IT support help line and access to group networking and support areas and a rolling diary of events.

    In addition, there will be a short course in the use of the onBusiness system, which can be used for access to business advice and support including a database of thousands of searchable contacts, information on initiatives and funding sources, news service, on-line training and much more.

    The IT adviser or ‘Circuit Rider’ for the area is Fransizka Fisken, who can be contacted on 07952 285 276 or 01 952 815 296. Alternatively, you can take advantage of these free services by contacting Nadine Evans at Harper Adams University College on 01 952 820 280 or 07811 768 559.


    Notes to Editors: The onBusiness initiative is assisted by Advantage West Midlands, specifically to provide support and guidance to rural Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the West Midlands. The service is completely free of charge and is designed to encourage more rural enterprises to get on-line and take advantage of the information and resources available on the Internet. Harper Adams is working with three other colleges in the West Midlands in support of the onBusiness initiative.

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