Support for Enterprising People
A new initiative Enterprising People part of Building Better Opportunities was launched today to support over 250 people furthest away from work to move them towards employment and self-employment.
The programme running in the south east Midlands local enterprise area brings together a wealth of local knowledge and experience from community organisations working to help move the more disadvantaged in the community closer to self-employment or work.
Enterprising People has received nearly £700,000 of match funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to enable local community organisations to offer wide ranging support for unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged locals to help them kick start their employment and enterprise dreams.
The programme which is coordinated by TCHC offers a tailored package of support which meets the needs of individuals. The ultimate aim to support them into starting their own business, becoming self-employed or employment, enabling them to improve their circumstances.
The programme is available for three years and will focus on the skills people need to develop to run their own business. The range of help on offer includes, developing a business idea – looking at skills, interests and hobbies for enterprise opportunities, assessing the viability and refining the product. The legal requirements, businesses finance and funding opportunities, putting together a business plan, sales and marketing and how to be a business success.
Dale Morgan Chairman for TCHC who are leading the programme said “The funding will allow specific and much needed support and help to the local community. It may not seem possible to make your dreams of your own business come true, but with the right support, starting your own business or getting your ideal job can become a reality.
Dale knows that the first big step in getting your enterprise off the ground can be the hardest one. “Having started from scratch myself I know how daunting starting a business can be. But with the right help and backing and someone having confidence in your idea and ability, can really make a difference. TCHC have a lot of experience in helping people make the leap into starting out on their own and we think everyone deserves the opportunity.”
Not everyone will decide that starting a business is for them, but knowing these skills and the confidence they bring often leads to employment opportunities.