The SMART programme aims to supply training in useful skills to the people in rural Gloucestershire.

There are two strands to the project:

This is a joint programme between the


The project is a  means of:

- Providing Up-to-date business training.

- Creating networks and to provide ICT skills development starting from beginners to advanced.

- Providing impartial information advice and guidance.

- Helping people find the right training for themselves.

 Steering Committee

Stephen Wright   (Director, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council)

Simon King           (Director, Business Development Centre at the Royal Agricultural College)

Nigel Robbins       (Principal, Cirencester College)

Brian Gilder          (Project Manager, Hartpury College)

Lord Apsley         (Chairman National Farmers' Union, Gloucestershire)

Mark Harris            (President of the Chamber of Commerce Cirencester)

Melissa Ravenhill  (Birdwood organic cheese makers)

Clare Gerbrands   (Made in Stroud)