TWO free online courses have been added to the offering by Stirling's business improvement district organisation.

The team at Go Forth Stirling continues to run its virtual business support programme in May, having launched a training platform last month.

The two courses added this month cover topics of allergen awareness and fire safety.

Last month's offering was taken up by nearly 60 people and was made possible thanks to funding from the Covid-19 BIDs Resilience Fund, a £1million support package.

Danielle McRorie-Smith, project director at Go Forth Stirling, said: “The training platform is an important initiative which provides a practical means of supporting Stirling’s business community during this testing time.

“We’re pleased with the success of the first two courses which ran during April and were attended by 57 people – a number we hope to double this month as interest grows.”

The courses are free to all businesses in Stirling - not just levy payers or those in the BID zone.

Once a business owner has set up their login details on the Go Forth portal, they are automatically enrolled for the whole programme and will be able to access each new course as soon as it is released on the first day of each month.

Ms McRorie-Smith said that the courses “offer an opportunity for ongoing training at a time when many businesses have been forced to close their doors and staff who have been placed on furlough are allowed to take part”.

And added: “We believe the initiative will help our businesses ensure a better foundation for commercial success following the pandemic and enable their workforces to emerge with more knowledge and training once Stirling is fully open for business again.”

Click here for more details or email to register.