A SCHEME encouraging ethnic minority-run firms to seek business support has expanded into the Huddersfield area.
The Ethnic Business Support Scheme was launched in north Kirklees in February.
Now ethnic minority businesses in Huddersfield are being urged to take up the service.
Ajaz Ahmed, the Huddersfield-based co-founder of internet service provider Freeserve, was guest speaker at a seminar to introduce local firms to the scheme.
Mr Ahmed and fellow Freeserve founder Rob Wilmot went on to form website design business Zestmedia at the Media Centre in Huddersfield.
The seminar at the Textile Centre of Excellence, Red Doles Lane, off Leeds Road, was also addressed by Jayne Pearson, manager of the Ethnic Business Support Scheme, and Marlon Sherwood, of the Huddersfield Small Business Network.
The scheme was prompted by concern at the low take-up of mainstream business support by ethnic minority businesses.
It offers ethnic businesses five days of free support to help them expand sales, make more use of computer technology and develop entrepreneurial skills.
Ms Pearson said the scheme helped business bosses improve confidence, hone their management skills, become more competitive, win new customers, increase sales and create more jobs.
The scheme is run by Kirklees Council's economic development service, Business Link for West Yorkshire, Huddersfield Technical College and Dewsbury College.
For details contact Sufyaan Laher at Dewsbury College on 01924 436203.