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Giving the next generation of entrepreneurs a helping hand


Out of work? Aged 18 to 30? Want to set up your own business? Starting in May, Chichester District Council is helping up to 12 young people in the district find out if they could start up their own businesses. The council has awarded a grant of £6,161 to the Prince's Trust to provide an Enterprise programme.

The free programme will work with the young people who have a business idea to make sure that they understand the local market and whether it is a plan that is likely to succeed in Chichester. The first session will be held on Wednesday 23 May at the council's offices at East Pallant House.

The Enterprise programme is for young people who are unemployed and may also be disadvantaged.

It includes an information session and four-day 'Explore Enterprise' training course. After this course each young person can attend some surgeries to explore their ideas further and to decide if self-employment is for them. If it is they are matched with a business mentor who may work with them for up to two years.

The Trust also provides some low interest loans of up to £5,000 and grants of up to £1,500 to support the start of a new business.

Those who decide self-employment is not for them are offered mentoring for up to six months for support with progression into education, employment or training. 

The Prince's Trust is a registered charity that works with disadvantaged young people, aged 13 to 30. It helps them to develop the skills and motivation to re-engage with society, secure employment, return to education, gain qualifications and ultimately, become economically active.

Councillor Myles Cullen, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Economy, Property and Tourism, says: "One of our key priorities is supporting the local economy and helping businesses to develop employment opportunities. One way we can do this is supporting the growth of new viable businesses. In the Chichester District we are lucky that have below average levels of unemployment overall, however the trend of increasing youth unemployment in deprived areas is an issue."

Places on the programme are limited. To book a place or for more information please contact the Prince's Trust on 0800 842842.