Opportunities for young Harlow entrepreneurs

YOUNG people in Harlow will have the opportunity to start their own business with the launch of the new ‘Essex Young Entrepreneurs Network.’ It is hoped that the network will help to serve economic growth in Essex by reducing the unemployment levels throughout the county.

Essex County Council has provided funding for the programme to help encourage entrepreneurship in Essex, and support young people with turning their business ideas into a reality. It is led by the Essex County Council Innovation Team through the Essex Innovation Programme, and it aims to encourage young people who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) or are working in unfulfilling jobs.

The project is aimed at 16-30 year olds who have an interest in starting their own business. The idea for the network was born last year as a result of a successful £40,000 bid and it is an idea that has been generated from employees in the Innovation Team at Essex County Council.

Through the programme, participants will be able to access business advice, mentoring and training opportunities as part of starting their own business. This will enhance economic growth in Essex, through reducing the number of NEETS and ensuring that young people in non-skilled jobs are able to fulfil their real potential. The programme will enable young people to acquire an array of skills which they can use in future employment.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader for Essex County Council said, “I am thrilled to award funding to support the Essex Young Entrepreneurs Network. The network will inspire young people to start their own business, and encourage future entrepreneurship in our county. Essex is a central hub for growth, and it is vital that we help to facilitate the growth of new businesses, and encourage young people to develop a competitive skill set to help them succeed in the job market.”

In the last ten years, the Essex Innovation Programme has created more than five hundred new jobs in the county and plans to create 10 new businesses through this initiative. The programme will support up to fifty individuals, and provide financial support to at least ten entrepreneurs.

For more information about the programme, please visit www.essexinnovation.co.uk and the EYEN website is www.essex1630.co.uk.

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