Help in setting up own business

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ENTREPRENEURS can get business support as a new free training programme is launched in east Durham.

Based at East Durham College’s Business Academy in Peterlee, the Business and Enterprise Club has been set up to help those who are interested in setting up their own business or go self-employed.

Ray Sharp, Enterprise manager at the college, said: “The programme consists of nine full-day workshops over a three-week period.

“The very first programme has just been successfully completed by a group of seven students who have all gained a new qualification - the NOCN Level 2 Award in Self Employment and Enterprise - for their efforts.”

He added: “The club also gives them the chance to share experiences and access a range of professional services advice, business mentoring and business planning assistance.”

The group of enterprise students’ new business start-up ideas ranged from a fashion label, a taxi training college, an accountancy that provides support for small businesses, a bakery and a sportswear fashion shop.

Jasper Chadderprajong, from Peterlee, who took part in the course, said: “The Business and Enterprise Club has been very helpful, especially as I’m not from a business background.

“I can now use the skills I’ve gained in the future as I look to develop my other business ideas.”

The Enterprise Club is managed by the College with links to JobCentre Plus and the new Enterprise Allowance Scheme, which is part of the Government’s Big Society Programme.

For more information about the Enterprise Club or to find if you are eligible for a free place, contact Ray on (0191) 5185539.