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Kidderminster woman in business - just months after redundancy
6:40am Friday 27th September 2013 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER woman has set up her own independent training consultancy just months after being made redundant.
Julia Roncella launched Fontana Training in June, with help from business start-up support specialists, Blue Orchid.
Fontana Training delivers training towards the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, which covers topics such as interviewing witnesses and suspects, investigating crime, searching techniques and crime scene management.
As the company grows it intends to offer specialised courses, such as interviewing techniques for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, counter-terrorism, child protection and violence awareness.
Before launching the business, Ms Roncella had spent eight years working for West Midlands Police as a trainer.
To assist with the business set up, she was put in touch with Blue Orchid and placed on the Enterprising Worcestershire scheme.
A business adviser, Curtis Matthew, provided start-up advice and support to develop her business idea and create a business plan.
Through the programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Ms Roncella was also given help with her financial projections and assisted with applying for a grant that, once approved, will help to further support her business plans.
She has already negotiated her first business contract with the University of Wolverhampton. From September, she will deliver the Level 3 certificate in the Knowledge of Policing to BSc Policing undergraduates.
Blue Orchid business adviser Curtis Matthew said: “While working with Julia she has proved herself to be a competent business leader and has enthusiastically taken on board the suggestions and recommendations I have made.
“This will enable her to progress and continue to improve the sustainability of her business. It has been great to see her confidence and business understanding improve and we will continue working with her to increase the range of services available, such as crime prevention workshops for schools and community groups.”
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