Black Country residents being encouraged to explore their entrepreneurial spirit

Black Country residents being encouraged to explore their entrepreneurial spiritLocal residents of the Black Country are being encouraged to explore their entrepreneurial spirit and set up a new business through the help of a vital support project.

The Supporting Employment and Enterprise Development project (SEED) is supported by £249,500 from the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and matched and delivered by Access to Business (A2B) and SWEDA.

Carole Taylor, Access to Business Advisor stated “anyone who would like to find out more about becoming self-employed or develop a business will have a chance to attend one of our free events in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.  A number of people in the Black Country wish to start their own business but do not know where to get the correct information.  We intend to have at our events a number of experts who will give useful information advice and guidance, giving presentations and information workshops, which will be extremely beneficial”

The first event will be at The Molineux International Suite, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton on Wednesday 20th of June, starting at 10.30 am for introductions and presentations, followed by networking and an opportunity to speak to our experts. The second event will be at The Public, West Bromwich, again commencing at 10.30 am on Thursday 28th of June. There will be a number of guest speakers and experts to give advice on Taxation, Finance, Banking, Marketing, Employment Law, risk of redundancy and Social Enterprise to name but a few subjects.

Norman Price, Deputy Chair of the West Midlands ERDF Local Management Committee said:

“Over the next 2 years, this project will provide the crucial support needed to get a new business off the ground, to local people in the Black Country. If we want to start making a difference in an area and help create businesses and jobs, those groups of people who need it the most, need to be targeted and supported. ERDF funding plays a major role in doing this helping them to make the big step into a new business, and I am delighted that we have been able to ensure this important support project can go forward.”

Carole Taylor, Access to Business Advisor concluded “Access to Business and SWEDA have successfully supported hundreds of businesses by giving invaluable advice and the confidence needed to become self employed.  In addition, anyone who is unable to attend the presentation in the morning can visit in the afternoon where everyone will have an opportunity to meet and talk to our experts and some of our existing clients who have already set up their businesses.

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