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Our name in bright lights again … Infused Learning named one of Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday winners …

Drum roll please … we are very pleased to announce another feather in our cap: we have been named one of Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday winners!

Known as #SBS, Small Business Sunday is a Twitter-based campaign launched by the famous Dragon’s Den entrepreneur which sees different businesses being chosen each week.

Like all the best ideas, this one is beautifully simple: every week Theo rewards certain businesses from the many that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their business in one tweet.

The tweets must be made within a strict timeframe on Sundays and all of that week’s entries are then whittled down to Theo’s favourite six, which he then announces on the social media platform.

With his half a million followers, it’s a big promotional boost to all the lucky businesses and we are thrilled that Infused Learning (@InfusedLearn) was recently among these haloed circles!

We were in complete shock to have been chosen by Theo, and offer our hearty congratulations to the other shortlisted companies during our week: @Beyondthekt, a website firm; @RayflexGroup, PVC manufacturers; @PLPersonalised, which make personalised gifts; graphic designers @isleofdesignuk and Somerset-based lemonade firm @hullaballoosrock.

A diverse range of businesses, as you can see, and there lies one of the beauties of Theo’s simple campaign: each of us winners are likely to retweet our victory to our own followers, thus increasing the reach of the rest of that week’s victors too: it’s such a brilliantly effective campaign and we are very proud to be a part of it.

Because at Infused Learning we make a point of embracing technology, and we find Twitter very useful for promoting ourselves and our work. We believe that social media platforms such as Twitter have the power to change the world by offering free opportunities to reach thousands of people at the touch of a button.

Many thanks to @TheoPaphitis for choosing us as one of his #SBS winners, and if anyone is reading this and fancies giving it a go, we say – go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose!

Best Education or Training Business! Another award for our trophy cabinet.

Here at Infused Learning, we are very proud to announce that we have another award for our already rather full trophy cabinet – this one is from the Rural Business Awards!

We were very honoured to come away with a runner-up spot for Best Rural Education or Training Business at the 2018 Rural Business Awards, which were held at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on October 11.

The Rural Business Awards are backed by Amazon and are now in their fourth year. Set up by two Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, the aim of the scheme is to showcase businesses which are operating in rural areas or serving rural communities. When they started the scheme, Jemma and Anna felt that rural enterprise was routinely overlooked by large urban-based businesses in other awards schemes and so resolved to try and do something about it.

There is a wide range of categories from Best Rural Start-Up to Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business, and we were absolutely delighted to have beaten off stiff competition to be named runners-up in the education category, in recognition of our work to combat rural deprivation through educational opportunities.

Because despite our base in the heart of Nottingham, Infused Learning does do a lot of work in the rural sector, where many are really struggling to access tertiary education through financial and other barriers. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, our mission is to change lives and opportunities through innovative education and training: we believe in every individual’s potential and are passionate about providing opportunities for them to succeed. Our online further and higher education packages are perfect for people living in rural communities – in fact, nearly 70 per cent of our students are based in rural areas because they are easy to access.

While the common vision of rural communities may be tinged with idealistic images of ploughed fields and sunshine, the reality is that life is tough for many living in the countryside, with poor transport, broadband and access to amenities meaning that some communities break apart because the younger generation cannot afford to live there any more, while others have few job prospects and opportunities to upskill. This is what we are trying to combat at Infused Learning and we are delighted to have received this award in recognition of our hard work.

Here’s to the 2019 Rural Business Awards! (www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk)

Accelerating into the fast lane with top London accountancy firm Ernst & Young

We’re very proud of what we do at Infused Learning. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, our work is all about breaking down barriers to education and learning – but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need a helping hand ourselves sometimes.

That’s why we’re delighted to have been picked to be part of the Accelerate programme run by top London accountancy firm Ernst & Young. (https://www.ey.com/uk/en/about-us/corporate-responsibility/ey-foundation-accelerate#section3)

Ernst & Young is known as one of the “big four” accountancy firms and is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. Its charitable arm, the EY Foundation, has several strands and one of them is called the Accelerate programme, which offers worthy social enterprises 12 months of business support.

We were thrilled to have been chosen to take part in Accelerate, which represents a fantastic opportunity for Infused Learning to grow and develop the great work we’ve already started. As part of Accelerate, we are now benefiting from:

Business coaching, to help us increase our reach
Tailored workshops and webinars to help improve our strategy and planning
Networking events connecting us with other entrepreneurs through the EY Foundation
The chance to pitch for access to EY business expertise

 

In order to win our place on Accelerate, we did have to prove our credentials, in particular showing that we had a credible plan to grow Infused Learning, which would, in turn, create future employment opportunities for our students.

Because that’s what the EY Foundation is all about – helping today’s young people into employment, by providing opportunities. And that chimes in with what our work at Infused Learning is all about too – our founders Tara Askham and Natalie Sharpe experienced at first hand the difficulties in accessing education while juggling work and family commitments when they were younger, and the idea behind Infused Learning is to smoothe that pathway for the many, many other young people who may lack the funding and time to get to higher education and qualifications via a traditional route, but have the potential to flourish when given the chance through our tailored education programme.

We are so glad that EY Foundation’s Accelerate programme saw what we were trying to achieve, and have given us this chance to grow our work.

 

 

Finalists in Rural Business Awards – for two years running!

It’s time for celebration here at Infused Learning with the news that for the second year in a row, we have been shortlisted in the finals of a prestigious awards scheme.

Yes, we have been told that once again we are in the finals of the Rural Business Awards, this time in the Best Rural Education or Training Business category.

That follows on from our success at the Rural Business Awards last year when we were delighted to receive a Highly Commended prize in the Social Enterprise/Community Project category for our work [link to last year’s blog?].

The Rural Business Awards is an awards scheme set up by Leicestershire businesswomen Jemma Clifford and Anna Price who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent operating either in the Great British countryside, or serving rural communities – feeling that these businesses were often overshadowed by large city-based firms in similar awards schemes.

Categories cover everything from start-ups to food and drink businesses, from tourism to recreational and manufacturing, and hundreds of rurally based or serving firms from all over the UK enter to be in with the chance of coming away with a prize – which means recognition of all their hard work.

The awards have been such a success since starting up in 2015 that this year they were rolled out regionally for the first time, and we were very pleased to re-enter, this time in the education category.

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Midlands regional heats of the awards, and we will find out whether we have won at a glittering ceremony to be held at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on October 11.

The Rural Business Awards are particularly special to us because despite our city offices, a large part of our work, and our clientele, are from rural communities. Our online-based further and online higher education supported by Skype is perfectly tailored to people living in rural areas and more than two-thirds of our customers live in the countryside – as they face many barriers to tertiary learning that others do not, for example, poor transport, amenities and communications systems.

We know we are up against some stiff competition in the education category, so while we have our fingers crossed for victory we are honoured just to have got this far! (www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk)

 

 

Now offering ILM Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management

Who are these qualifications for?

These qualifications are ideal for individuals who have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing their abilities. They particularly support practising team leaders seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who need to lead people though organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.

Benefits for individuals

  • Gain a range of key management skills and put them into practice in your own role

  • Build your leadership capabilities – motivate and engage teams, manage relationships confidently

  • Develop your leadership and management skills using your own knowledge, values and motivations.

Benefits for employers

  • Effective and confident first-line managers

  • Better relationships and communication in teams

  • Proven skills – to get these qualifications, managers will need to show that they can transfer their new skills to your organisation

  • Managers with the tools to develop their own skills and abilities.

The qualifications are made up of a wide range of units covering management and leadership skills – including teamwork, motivation techniques, innovation and managing people and relationships.

What does it involve?

The units in this diploma will cover in depth, a wide range of skills that you will need in your role, including units that focus on:

  • Understanding Innovation and Change in an Organisation

  • Planning Change in the Workplace

  • Giving Briefings and Making Presentations

  • Understanding Conflict Management in the Workplace

  • Understanding Training and Coaching in the Workplace

  • Managing Workplace Projects

  • Understanding Performance Management

  • Understanding Costs and Budgets in an Organisation

  • Understanding Negotiation and Networking in the Workplace

  • Understand How to Lead Effective Meetings

  • Solving Problems and Making Decisions

  • Improving Performance of the Work Team

  • Meeting Customer Needs

  • Understanding Change in the Workplace

  • Diversity in the Workplace

  • Managing Equality and Diversity in Own Area

  • Managing Risk in the Workplace

  • Developing People in the Workplace

How is it assessed?

You will be asked to complete eighteen assignments throughout the course of your study.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but participants will:

  • Normally be either practising  or aspiring managers and volunteers with the opportunity to meet the assignment demands

  • Have a background that will enable them to benefit from the programme, which is likely to be level 2 in both literacy and numeracy

Why study with us?

We are winning awards for our expert learning delivery models which embrace and support the individuality of all learners. Our direct online and blended learning allows you flexibility to study at work, home or on the move. You will be supported throughout your course by a dedicated personal expert tutor. Learning really is as unique as you as we work with you to develop a personalised learning plan meaning you can start and complete your course at any time.

Fees

Our fees of £2,000 per learner include study materials and full registration and one year membership with ILM. However, this February we are offering £300 off or if you are a current or previous student with us and refer a friend you will receive a £50 online voucher. (You will receive this voucher when your friend has been on the course two months)

Free ILM studying membership provides:

  • Electronic copy of the ILM magazine

  • Online assessment of your team leading skills

  • Career development services

  • Use of the ILM’s resource centre

For organisations and charities, we are able to offer added discounts dependent upon group size and location as well as delivery options.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by ILM

Duration

Our tailored programmes can fit around you and your commitments. Guided learning hours for the ILM Level 3 Diploma is 370 hours. This means you could complete in as little as four months with a maximum duration of twelve months.

For organisations and we can create a bespoke delivery programme to meet your needs which can be completed in six full day seminars.

Progression

Successful learners can progress to a range of qualifications including:

ILM Level 4 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management.

The third day of Christmas – Are we a company worth talking to?

Well it’s day three already and, gosh, Christmas is so close! As I sat down to write our third update, it occurred to me that many of you either haven’t see me for a while, or perhaps you haven’t even met me in person yet, plus, there will be more than a few of you reading this that won’t quite be clear on what Infused Learning is and what we do. For example, did you know we are a not for profit social enterprise? This means any money we make, we plough straight back in to improving services to our students and expanding the range of qualifications we offer, it doesn’t go into shareholders’ pockets. Did you also know that we have students across the globe, and that we work for big blue chip, international businesses to help them train and develop all levels of employees?

Then as a contrast, there’s our work with the long term unemployed and people struggling with addictions, helping them to get their life back on track by supporting them with life skills, as well as education. Most of our work is supported distance learning so students have the flexibility to study when, where and how they wish, and, we all know, if you do something on your own terms, you have a much higher chance of succeeding; however, our work on business training tends to lean towards the face to face, going into the company and delivering our training as part of their employee development strategy.

We formed Infused Learning in 2014 and since then we believe we’ve achieved a lot, and our students have achieved even more. We’re are especially proud of the fact that third parties have recognised our achievements and have honoured us through their awards programmes. Because we’re bursting with pride and we’re feeling all warm and fuzzy with that festive feeling, we really want to share these accolades with you, so we apologise if you feel it’s boastful, but we just really want all of you to know that we are working very hard to be the best and that if you, or your company, put your trust in us, we will not disappoint you.

Since our inception, just three years ago, our accolades include being:

  • Finalists in two categories of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2017 – the Entrepreneur for Good and Start-Up Business Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

  • One of five Finalists for the Best Rural Social Enterprise in the UK-wide Rural Business Awards 2017.

  • One of three Finalists for Nottingham Post Business Women of the Year in the Digital Ambassador category  November 2017

  • One of 20 winners across the UK in the Big Venture Challenge 2016.

  • In the Young Academy 2016, we were one of only 11 winners in the UK.

  • The winner of the Employability Award 2016 at the Inspire Learning Awards (East Midlands).

  • Named the Best Adult Learning Group by Nottinghamshire County Council Adult Learning Services in 2016

  • Listed as number 22 out of 31 Social Enterprises in the UK as ‘the ones to watch and learn from in 2017’  

Thanks to all of you for indulging our pride, and a massive thank you to all our tutors and employees for making Infused Learning the successful enterprise that it is today. Happy Christmas – and we promise to tell you all about our Scholarship Programme on day four of our updates, something else you may not know about us. In July 2017, we launched our Scholarship Programme which offers up to 20 individuals free qualifications each year, a cost to us of around £60,000. You won’t want to miss it – maybe you know someone who could benefit? If you do, find out more, by giving me call on 07763817205 or email me, Tara Askham, at tara.askham@infusedlearning.org.uk, and I’d be delighted to help.

Tara Askham, Founder and Director of Infused Learning www.infusedlearning.org.uk

Helping young people access university

On our first day of Christmas, we shared a sneak peak of our ILM Level Three two-day course for those managers that are hoping to develop themselves, and their career, in 2018; but on our second day of Christmas, we want to give some hope to a younger audience across the UK.

It’s been six months since students received their A’ Level results and for some young people, it was a dark day, having failed to achieve the results they wanted, or perhaps even any A’ Levels at all. But, however you feel, and whatever you are told, you have a bright future, it’s just that the exam-heavy A’ Levels were not for you. Christmas should be all about hope, and if you know a young person in this situation – a son, a daughter, a niece or nephew, a brother or sister, then please share the possibilities that there is an answer, and this answer is an Access course.

Access Diplomas are often misunderstood with many people not realising that, not only is an Access Diploma comparable to three A ‘Levels, but it is also recognised by EVERY university in the UK.

An Access Diploma is also ALL assignment-based so for those students that have struggled because they can’t get on with exams, this could be the perfect option. We’d bet that the students that didn’t achieve their A’ Levels are actually exceptionally bright, it’s just that they learn in a different way to those who find exams more manageable – tell these young people that they won’t need to complete exams, and watch their faces light up, they may even be excited about studying again – a real Christmas miracle!

Access Diplomas are also incredibly flexible and are completed via distance learning, with as much tutor support as the young person needs. Students have complete control and can undertake the qualification as quickly as they like – for example they could work on it full time and complete it in six months – which would mean that they could be at University next October! Of course, they could also take longer and balance their studies with a full or part-time time job if finances are an issue.

What’s also wonderful about an Access course is that, although the qualification would need to be paid for in the first instance, all students can get an Advance Learner Loan – then once they achieve their degree, they will not need to pay this money back – the Government writes the Advance Learner Loan off, assuming the student then goes onto University and passes their degree.

We think that giving those young people who have felt despair at their results some real hope, and the opportunity to find out more about this route to university, is a cracking Christmas gift. Myself (Tara) and my Co-Founder, Natalie, are both available over the festive break to talk you, your young person or parents about what completing an Access Diploma could mean to them.

Sometimes the only chance we get to have a proper conversation with our families is when we are all on holiday from our day to day responsibilities, so we understand if you want to talk to us while the topic is hot but when most people are off work! Everyone is welcome to give us a call on 07891 336 853, in or out of ‘normal’ working hours, and we will speak to all interested people who would like more information or advice.

Merry Christmas – and see you all tomorrow!

The 12 days of Christmas!

It’s 12 days before Christmas and we’re going to share a countdown of sorts with you, so look out for an update a day to help inspire you in time for the New Year and your personal development, self-improvement and career-based New Year’s Resolutions…

At Infused Learning we are proud to be able to call ourselves a multi-award-winning organisation. We have exceptionally qualified tutors, incredibly cost-effective courses and qualifications and, thanks to our understanding of our students, it’s a real hotbed of learning and development too! We offer such a range of qualifications (see www.infusedlearning.org.uk) that it’s hard to pick just one to share with you.

But because it’s Christmas, and because we know that there are so many managers out there that are pushed for time but still want to improve their career prospects, and themselves, that we’ve decided to profile our Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) two day seminar which could see you wa

lk away with a Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management – and with it taking place on 12 & 13 January (in Nottingham), you’ll have gained this career excelling qualification before your boss has even properly recovered from their festive fun!

So why should you consider taking two days of your precious time to break out the books and study at our seminar? Well, the brass tacks of it are, it’ll improve your career prospects – how many of your colleagues have shown the initiative and taken on an internationally-recognised and accredited course like this? And which of them have succeeded? We’ve condensed this course into a mere 14 hours of teaching – no exams, no studying after work for weeks or months, no attending evening lectures when it’s cold and wet, and you’d rather be in the pub – or at the very least finishing off all the work you need to achieve so you can get a decent appraisal.

And talking of appraisals, how much better would it go with an ILM qualification under your belt? You’d get extra points for the initiative of course, and you’d be able to demonstrate the extra skills you have learnt in the workplace, and of course if you’re struggling to find the £629 it costs to attend the two-day course, then why not ask your workplace? Perhaps they’ll chip in for half of it, or even all? And you’ll be on your way to that pay rise, bonus and ‘exceeded’ rating in your next performance review.

To find out more and to have a no obligation chat about the ILM Level 3, or other qualifications, drop me a line at tara.askham@infusedlearning.org.uk or give me a call on 0115 967 1513.

Christmas wishes

Tara

Tara Askham

Director, Infused Learning, www.infusedlearning.org.uk

Never give up: Two women with one vision for highly flexible and personalised digital learning that is accessible to all

Infused Learning is thrilled to have been in the media again. This time prestigious international magazine Womanthology has spoken to our Co-Founder Natalie Sharpe to find out why she was inspired to set up Infused Learning, with business partner Tara Askham, and how Natalie previous experience has a student has dictated the ethos and future of the Infused Learning. Read the article below, or follow this link: http://www.womanthology.co.uk/inclusive-learning-pioneers-two-women-one-vision-highly-flexible-personalised-digital-learning-accessible-natalie-sharpe-co-founder-infused-learning/ to find out more.

Natalie Sharpe is co-founder of Infused Learning. She had her eldest child, now 18, while she was studying at university and experienced challenges trying to raise a family, study and work whilst attending a traditional educational institution. Natalie has always felt there had to be a better way and this passion drove her to the creation of Infused Learning alongside her co-founder, Tara Askham.

Natalie Sharpe is co-founder of Infused Learning. She had her eldest child, now 18, while she was studying at university and experienced challenges trying to raise a family, study and work whilst attending a traditional educational institution. Natalie has always felt there had to be a better way and this passion drove her to the creation of Infused Learning alongside her co-founder, Tara Askham.

Natalie Sharpe

“…My advice to students who have faced barriers to learn is to never ever give up. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the right level of support…”

Spending less time on paperwork and more time supporting students

I found out I was pregnant whilst studying for my degree, and, as you can imagine, juggling bringing up a child whilst studying was challenging! I eventually became a lecturer and then an academic leader at a large college in Nottingham, and I enjoyed this role for many years.

Sadly, more recently the role became more about paperwork with less time to actually work with students and to have the time to help them develop. It was at this point that Tara and I decided there must be a better way.

We really thrive on watching individuals and organisations grow but this is limited in the environment offered by traditional education institutions, and the constraints put on students by traditional academic institutions curtailed so many students’ opportunities, making studying for many impossible.

For example, insisting that students had to be physically within the college for certain numbers of hours a week or present at lectures that could so easily have been recorded, Skyped or conferenced meant that many students, whether they were disabled, without childcare or had other challenging personal circumstances, were excluded

 

Using digital to banish barriers to learning

So many ordinary people who just wanted to improve their chances within the career marketplace or build themselves a more valuable and productive life were denied this opportunity. Tara and I felt that this, often perceived as acceptable, discrimination was not something that we could endorse and we truly wanted to provide another avenue for those that needed or wanted it.

On a day to day basis my role could be anything and everything. I create marketing materials, speak to students enquiring about the courses, manage the quality side of the access provision, grow links with local businesses and ensure we are compliant with all the academic and professional awarding bodies that we work with.

They told me I couldn’t … so #IDidItAnyway

As soon as you say you have a child and want to study as well as work to support your family, people seem to assume that you cannot do it – many people said I would never achieve what I did when I was getting myself a better education and the same attitudes were prevalent when we decided to set up Infused Learning.

Despite both Tara and I have a very strong track record in the sector, we were met by so many negative viewpoints. Consistently we faced the problem that we were just two women, we didn’t have the force of an education institution behind us. It took us around a year before we were truly investment ready and were in a position to really fight our corner.

We built up all of the requirements needed for a traditional institution, whether that was accreditations, business plans or procedures and then we went after getting approval from awarding body accreditations. This was possibly the most complex part.

The different bodies that award qualifications have high standards, and rightly so, but they also had perceptions of the type of organisations that should be able to offer their qualifications. However qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic we were, we were not that and, consequently, we had a lot of doors were shut in our faces, but we persevered.

A combination of successful funding applications, hard work, high professional standards and a determination to win over the doubters meant that we eventually had a whole range of qualification providers who wanted to work with us and continue to do so now.

So, we got there in the end, although it certainly wasn’t as easy as we had hoped. Of course, while we were spending 12 plus months ensuring all of these elements were in place, we still had to pay our bills and raise our families too!

Digital as a great enabler

The common interpretation of digital can mean that you are ‘on your own’ during the studying process, however, that was not our vision of digital learning. For us, just because students were learning digitally did not mean that they shouldn’t be offered individually-tailored and personalised support programmes.

In fact, the time that we spend offering one to one support to our students often far exceeds the traditional institutions. Our students are not part of a lecture hall of people vying for ten minutes with the tutor at the end of the session or hoping there is a free slot in their weekly diary when they have a problem.

We offer support in a range of ways to support the modern student and their specific needs. For example, we use Skype to build a relationship with our students and will respond to queries via email, instant message, text, phone call and social media.

We are not bound by the nine to five mentality of many education officials and we speak to our students in the evenings, at weekends and within ‘normal’ working hours. Our students can study the qualifications over whatever period they like, and are able to change this time period if their circumstances change.

Building bespoke programmes

We encourage our students to ask for extra time if they feel they need it and to access this time however they feel most comfortable, using what works for their lifestyle and learning style. The feedback from our students is that they feel fully supported throughout the term of their qualification and the achievements of our students reflect our dedication, and theirs, to building a programme specific to them.

All of this means that the choice lies with the students and means that everyone has the same opportunity to access education, on their own terms, in their own time and in the way that they find most useful to them. Our students are exceptionally diverse and we are immensely proud of this.

Choosing a social enterprise model

If we just wanted to make money for ourselves, we wouldn’t have chosen a social enterprise model. What we wanted to do was level the playing field and operate a system where everyone had equal access to education. We wanted a model where we could apply for funds to help those students that could not afford to access an education, as well as offer ways to access education that were specific to the individual students.

However, we still wanted to be in control of our business so we could utilise our expertise to move the business forward and plough any profits we did make right back into the company.

A social enterprise model fitted these requirements and it has turned out to be a great choice, opening up channels to finance for our students, for example, that would not necessarily have been available if we had chosen another type of organisational structure.

Setting up a scholarship scheme

Aiming to support 20 individuals in its first year, the programme is being funded by the company and donations from businesses and the public, and is open to any UK resident. Our ethos is to enable access to education for all and this is why we have set up our Scholarship Programme.

There are many people out there who struggle to afford education and we want to support as many of those individuals as we can by providing our courses free of charge to successful applicants.

The process to apply for our Scholarship Programme is simple too. The applicant only needs to provide 500 words, in writing, about why they deserve a place on their chosen course. This is then judged by an independent panel and a decision is made. The panel meets each month to consider submissions.

Successful applicants will be able to save themselves up to £3,000, depending on the qualification or course chosen. For example, an Access Diploma costs £3,000, so for each student who applies where they cannot access Government funding we will assess their individual case and, where possible, reduce these fees as much as possible.

We are working hard to gain corporate sponsorship to enable us to offer more funded places. Where we discount fees, there are some charities that will contribute – for example, a student’s local housing association.

Never. Give. Up.

My advice to students who have faced barriers to learn is to never ever give up. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the right level of support. We have so many inspiring students that we have just filmed a range of case studies to illustrate their successes and they will be on our website soon.

So, if there is anyone who isn’t sure if they are brave enough to get in touch, then I’d take a look at these and you’ll be able to see how successful some of our students have been, in some cases, even when they have had some of life’s greatest challenges to contend with.

We really do have the most amazing group of students and we are in awe of them so often. It’s their hard work that makes their successes possible – we are just there to support them in every way we can. We often end up being far more than education tutors to our students and we feel so privileged that they trust us in this position.

Coming up next

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovation whether that means writing new qualifications or how we deliver qualifications. We have just received a lottery grant for an exciting project in Nottingham. We have won, or are finalists for, a multitude of national awards and are about to start delivering our learning model internationally.

We are looking at growing the subjects we offer, as well as looking at more funding opportunities to make education more accessible. I am working hard to gain corporate sponsors so that we can continue to grow our scholarship programme, the number of tutors we have and the business overall.

It’s only been three years so far and I think there is so much more that we could do, so many more people we can help. I wake up excited at where we are today and thankful that I’m part of a business I love. I am finally making the difference that I always knew I could and there’s no better feeling!

Women in Business Finalists

Guess what, we’ve yet another amazing announcement – we’ve only been shortlisted for the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards!

Here at Infused Learning we are beyond ecstatic to tell you all that we have yet again reached the final rounds of another prestigious awards scheme, this time run by the Nottingham Post. Infused Learning has been named as one of three finalists in the Digital Ambassador category of the awards. With 11 categories ranging from Small Business of the Year to Inspirational Woman of the Year and 33 finalists in total, we’ll find out whether we’ve won or not at a glittering ceremony in the Crowne Plaza on Thursday November 16.

Infused Learning co-founder Tara Askham says: “Since we started Infused Learning in 2014 we’ve been so lucky to have been showered with awards, which really helps us realise that we must have been getting something right! It’s particularly nice to be nominated for an award in our home city of Nottingham – we’re up against some amazingly inspiring businesswomen so just to be in their company is an accolade.”

The Nottingham Post Women in Business awards are now in their fifth year and annually see the cream of the city’s businesswomen nominated and honoured.

Judging is set to be tough this year with Nottingham Post editor and publisher Mike Sassi commenting that the number and quality of entrants this year has been the highest since the competition began.

View the full article here http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/business/nottingham-post-women-business-awards-624802

Infused Learning is an Award Finalist – again!

At Infused Learning, we are thrilled to announce that we are Finalists in TWO categories of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards! We are Finalists in the Entrepreneur for Good AND Start-Up Business Entrepreneur of the Year categories and we were chosen as finalists from over 1000 entries!

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain. The 2017 Awards have been extended so that ceremonies will now be held in five cities – Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London – compared with just two in previous years – so the competition is even more hard fought this year. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Infused Learning Co-Founder Natalie Sharpe comments:

“We are just over the moon with this latest accolade. We haven’t yet got over being Finalists for the UK-wide Rural Business Awards and we are now Finalists in another exceptionally high profile, UK-wide Awards scheme – and not only that, in two categories as well! We are all just so excited about our latest success and hugely grateful to all our team at Infused Learning that have worked so hard to support us in developing the business.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said:

“We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said:

“I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

Infused Learning has been judged a Finalist by household business names like Dragons’ Den James Caan and many other big business brains, so the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards is certainly an Awards Scheme to be reckoned with!

Infused Learning Joint Founder Natalie Sharpe concludes:

“Just knowing James Caan has been part of the team of judges that have decided Infused Learning is worthy of a Finalists slot is incredible. The Awards have an amazing line-up of judges for each category and we’d like to thank all of them for giving up their time to support British Entrepreneurs.

“We can’t wait until the Shortlist Evening in Birmingham on 3 October where we will be able to meet the judges and thank them personally!”