Take the giant leap to self-employment

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A NEW initiative is being launched to help people make the jump into self-employment.

The programme called “Leapfrog – Jump-Start Your Future” is targeted at people with drive and determination who want to set up their own business.

It is being run by the North-East training provider Amacus in partnership with Hartlepool Council and Cleveland College of Art & Design.

To launch the programme, an event will be held on Thursday, April 3, at the Grand Hotel in Swainson Street, Hartlepoool, from 6pm to 8pm. It will give people a chance to find out more and sign up.

Training sessions are on offer plus one-to-one support between May and July in the Grand Hotel on Thursday evenings, from 6pm to 8.30pm.

They will cover Planning Business Start-Up; How to Marketing Your Business; Money Know How, Legal Essentials and How to Present Your Business.

Amacus managing director Christine Hall 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.

“We are already running our Leapfrog programme very successfully for people who are currently out of work in Hartlepool and South Durham and this new initiative is a logical extension of that.

“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.”

The programme is part funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and the Skills Funding Agency. Councillor Robbie Payne, chair of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration services committee, said: “Growing new businesses is one of the cornerstones of Hartlepool’s economic future and we are always keen to encourage entrepreneurs who want to set up with a good idea.

“Leapfrog will give these people a solid grounding in the key skills they need and strengthen their self-belief in the process, helping them to get off to the best possible start.”

For more details and to book a place, contact Amacus on (01429) 890071, email info@amacusltd.co.uk or visit www.amacusltd.co.uk