Nicola Forshaw, founder of Access
Dance, took part in the Creative Business Office’s
Create Innovate Achieve programme run through
CidaCo. Access Dance provides high quality dance experiences to all
areas of the community. Nicola is passionate about enhancing
people’s education and quality of life through dance.
Recent projects for Access Dance include
workshops in Primary and Secondary schools, York St John University
and collaborations with Ascendance Rep. Long-term projects have
culminated in public performances and day projects offer children
the opportunity to perform to classmates and parents. The company
recently received the UnLimited Catalyst Award for Social
Entrepreneurship for a pioneering project with mental health
service users in York.
Nicola was impressed by the specificity of the
Create Innovate Achieve programme and how it related so closely to
her business goals. She emphasizes the networking potential that
was exploited in her course and has gained stronger contacts with
dance professionals in the greater Yorkshire region as a result.
Nicola found that the programme gave clarity to her future vision
of the company, while prompting her to create and develop a
realistic business model.
“The CidaCo course was well
delivered in an interesting and timely manner and targeted subjects
particularly relevant to my needs, such as managing business plans,
networking and HMRC. The CidaCo course helped with all aspects of
business management, networking and building confidence in my
ideas.” – Nicola Forshaw, Access Dance
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