Shortly following the launch of the second round of its Direct Support Programme on 23 June 2014, Zubair Small Enterprises Centre (Zubair SEC) reports a remarkable level of interest and applications by existing and new members.
The launching of the second round of the Programme highlighted a year of success and accomplishments since the establishment of Zubair SEC, and renewed commitment by The Zubair Corporation and Zubair SEC towards supporting and developing the Small Enterprises sector in The Sultanate.
The Direct Support Programme rewards the Centre’s members who join its membership through their existing small businesses or concepts of businesses and who prove throughout their work with the Centre their commitment towards success and dedication in applying the consultancy and advice provided to them by the Zubair SEC team.
These members’ projects and businesses should also reflect proper strategic planning and accurate feasibility studies that reflect their owners’ eagerness to apply best business administration measures with the assistance of Zubair SEC.
Accordingly, selected members for the Direct Support Programme receive extra direct advisory and consultancy services in addition to a financial grant to support their businesses.
Although all members of Zubair SEC benefit from the advisory and training services, financial facilitation, and support that the Centre and its network of cooperative partners provide, only a specific number of members get selected every year for the Direct Support Programme, as an approach to create positive competitiveness amongst members and to encourage them to work harder and be more committed and dedicated towards achieving their objectives and ambitions.
The first group of members selected for Zubair SEC Direct Support Programme was announced in December 2013 and have so far benefited immensely from the additional advantages they received through the Direct Support Programme.
Zubair SEC, for the duration of around two months, will start receiving applications by existing members or new members to be considered for the Programme. Applied projects and businesses will be assessed as well as members’ performance throughout the months to follow, and in December 2014, Zubair SEC will announce the new selected group for the Direct Support Programme 2014-2015.
Zubair SEC is one of the initiatives which emanated from The Zubair Corporation’s Social Responsibility strategic vision towards the Omani society. The vision reflects the corporation’s belief in the importance of small enterprises (SEs) in enhancing the national economy and contributing to sustainable socio-economic development. The centre comprises a team of socially engaged and business savvy advisors who put all effort to contribute to leveraging the Omani community through equipping and enabling entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow with their businesses in a sustainable and responsible manner. Since its launch in 2013, Zubair SEC has joined to its membership 94 small businesses and around 130 entrepreneurs from all sectors of the economy to benefit from its services and support.