A programme supporting new enterprises has delivered 1,500 new jobs nationwide since it was launched 12 months ago – with businesses in Yorkshire and Humber playing their part in reaching the impressive milestone.
Ready for Business was launched following support from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Barclays to create 6,000 new businesses with 10,000 new jobs across the country. To date, 261jobs have been created in Yorkshire and Humber through the scheme.
Ready for Business is delivered by the Cavendish Consortium, a partnership between some of England’s leading enterprise agencies, together with National Enterprise Network.
In Yorkshire and Humber, Ready for Business is delivered by National Enterprise Network. The scheme aims to deliver 1,335 new jobs in the region and works with those looking to start a new business with a particular focus upon helping make those businesses investment ready.
The programme provides individuals with focused support in the pre-start stages of their new business, including intensive enterprise training via free Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars, one-on-one help from a dedicated business advisor to explore and assess their business ideas and offer expert analysis into developing a business plan.
Mike Stanley, project manager at National Enterprise Network, said; “With many hundreds more would-be entrepreneurs currently receiving intensive support in preparation for the launch of their new enterprises, we expect to help create many more jobs.
“Ready for Business is aimed at supporting individuals who have a clear commercial idea of how they want their business to grow in the future. It is ideally placed to help them focus upon these objectives and take the necessary steps to achieve success.
“One of the key areas of support is around the business’ ability to increase employment opportunities in their area – and the fact that so many enterprises have been able to create new jobs so soon after being established illustrates the particular value of the programme.”