Local resident Anna had been thinking for some time about starting her own business. She saw a leaflet in the local library about business start-up courses run by TCHC and decided to give them a call.

The courses run regularly across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and are funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. Anna went on the Building Your Own Business Idea course which gave the confidence and support to make the leap into being her own boss.

Disadvantaged learners in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk will be helped to get back into the workplace thanks to a £2.4 million fund, with Community Grants to be co-ordinated by workforce development organisation TCHC.

There are a range of new courses available locally to support would-be entrepreneurs and people looking to develop their employment skills in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The courses are running throughout 2014 and are designed to cover all the major skills you need to start a business, become self-employed or get that dream job.

A funded social media course is to assist local jobseekers and those looking to become self employed in finding work.

According to a recent report by Jobvite, social media has become a popular recruitment tool amongst hiring managers over the last few years. The report indicates that 94% of employers surveyed plan to use social networks for recruiting purposes.

According to a recent survey 38%* of adults have seriously considered becoming self employed or starting a business.  However only 8% are in the process of doing so, with the fear of failure being quoted as the main barrier. 

There is however support for local future entrepreneurs through the Enterprise Norfolk programme. TCHC, with support from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council are running a free Building Your Business Idea workshop to help locals over the age of 18, make the first step.