Event to help people launch their own businesses in Hartlepool

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PEOPLE in Hartlepool will be encouraged to set up their own business at a event taking place next month.

Called Leapfrog – Jump-Start Your Future, the fully-funded programme is aimed at people who have the drive and determination to set up a business of their own.

It is run by North-East based training provider Amacus in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland College of Art and Design and is part-funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.

An event is being held on Thursday, April 3, in the Grand Hotel in Swainson Street from 6pm-8pm to give people a chance to find out more and sign up.

On offer will be a full package of training sessions and one-to-one support between May and July in the Grand Hotel on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8.30pm covering the key areas of: Planning Business Start-Up; How to Marketing Your Business; Money Know How, Legal Essentials and How to Present Your Business.

Christine Hall, Amacus Managing Director, said: “Leapfrog is aimed at people in Hartlepool who are in some form of employment but who have serious aspirations to strike out on their own and are being held back because they feel they lack the skills and confidence.

“If you have clear goals and ambitions, coupled with commitment, the right skills and an ability to work hard, you can make a real success of going self-employed.”

Coun Robbie Payne, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration services committee, added: “Growing new businesses is one of the cornerstones of Hartlepool’s economic future.”

To find out more contact Amacus on (01429) 890071, or visit www.amacusltd.co.uk