A NEW business scheme looks set to be rolled out in Co Sligo, but it's aimed primarily at just one particular demographic – rural females.
The Rural Female Entrepreneur Training Programme should be applauded, but we must confess, we had a little bit of a chuckle when we heard the title.
The Punt has met many an interesting woman from the country, but never one who would refer to themselves as a "rural female".
That aside, the proposed scheme sounds like it has its merits. It is being driven by the Co Sligo Leader Partnership Company, formed in 1996 in an effort to address locally the issues of economic and social underdevelopment in the county.
The planned scheme is expected to include a training programme, with trainers who can offer a package of services designed to assist market development of each of the businesses in between six and eight evening sessions.
The aim is to advance the business and marketing skills of women living in rural Co Sligo who are wishing to establish or expand their business.