PLYMOUTH based Tellus Education Group is a lead partner in a Euro project called (T.E.S.T) Training Entrepreneurial Skills Transnationally that is supporting budding business entrepreneurs in Caserta (Near Naples) Italy.

Twenty-four business leaders from across the UK are travelling to Italy through out this year to work with the 012 Factory, a partner organisation that works with the Tellus Education Group on the (T.E.S.T) project in Caserta.

012 Factory is a recently funded start up incubator, and is providing 30 Italian entrepreneurs with a 12 modules academy; to help support local business folk start up their own enterprises, said project manager Roberto Greco.

Mr Greco, said: “Trainers from many different sectors from IT, new technologies, and from the world of sports and entertainment, will be taking part in weekly seminars, delivering presentations, workshops, giving advice clinics, business tips and much more.”

“The UK trainers are called in to help our budding entrepreneurs in gaining the tools and confidence needed to start up a new business, and collaborating with the 012 Factory in delivering weekly modules, that will look at different topics including; human resources, finance, business plans, communication strategies and various other topics.”

The first UK participant from Plymouth was the chief executive of Clever Student Lets Henry Hutchins, who spent a week in Caserta working with 20/30 people from all age ranges and looking at various business plans, he said.

Mr Hutchins, added: “It was a really great experience to take time out of my business to support other budding entrepreneurs with ideas from agriculture, tourism, IT, translation technology, health and service industries sectors, and many looking to collaborate with UK businesses.”

“I was very impressed by the 012 Factory incubator project in Caserta, and I was very proud to support budding entrepreneurs looking to set up new start up businesses. But it was also beneficial to my business operations in Plymouth also where I brought back some new operating procedures that is supporting CSL.”

Clever Student Lets based in the heart of Plymouth, recently won two trophies at the Sunday Times national Lettings Agency of the Year Awards in London, and picked up a bronze award for innovation and silver in the best student letting category at a glittering ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel.

Mr Greco, added: “Through this project we are aiming to support the development of a more entrepreneurial mindset in the city of Caserta, and inter-acting with successful businesses like Clever Student Lets that could contribute to meet this goal.”

012 Factory supports all the businesses that will start up at the end of the academy, and will be awarding the best idea with a 20K euros prize to help the development and growth of the business.

Tellus Education Group has been successfully providing quality educational services since 2003, and through its Meridian School of English since 1979.

Anyone looking for more information about 012 Factory, or (T.E.S.T), or take part in the project can email: Mr Roberto Greco:



Henry Hutchins, CEO of CSL is the first UK business leader to visit Caserta and mentor budding Italian entrepreneurs



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