Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative

SFEDI is the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative, a company started and principally funded by the Department of Trade and Industry that worked under contract to the UK government to develop occupational standards for small business managers and advisers, primarily active in the field of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

SFEDI rebranded in January 2007 and extended its reach with regard to supporting Small Firms. SFEDI now acts as a movement designed to be the 'voice of the small company' in the UK.

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