Help for Fenland businesses

BUDDING entrepreneurs in Fenland are set to benefit from a share of a £5,000 cash and professional business support package to help them start their own business.

With support from Roddons Housing Association and Fenland District Council, enterprise experts NWES are launching the first ever NWES Dragons’ Den in June.

Application packs can be downloaded from the NWES website to apply for a share of £2,500 in cash and a package of up to £2,500 of professional business support, in association with local accountants Whiting and Partners, solicitors Fraser Dawbarns and NWES.

“What is unique about this event is that anyone applying will also have the chance to attend free workshops in either April or May to help them prepare their business plan and improve their chance of success”, explained NWES team leader Paul Gardner, who is organising the event.

“Plus there will be the opportunity to meet with a business advisor for anyone who needs more help putting together their ideas.

“This could be a life changing opportunity as the cash and support really could help makes dreams come true for someone who wants to set up their own business,” he said.

In early June, up to 10 applicants will be shortlisted to pitch to the ‘Dragons’ at a specially arranged event on June 19.

“The Dragons will simply be looking for viable business ideas from well motivated and enthusiastic people. With the support available, this isn’t about academic achievement or background so anyone can apply. This area has some great entrepreneurs so we are really hoping this first ever NWES Dragons’ Den in Fenland will help start more great businesses,” said Paul.

The event has been made possible by support from Roddons Housing Association who has provided funding to NWES for a two-year project to help people start up their own business. Applicants must live in the Fenland District Council area, be aged over 18 and applications must be received by the closing date deadline of May 31.

To download an application pack, visit www.nwes.org.uk/advice/dragons-den.aspx or if you do not have internet access call 0845 60 99 99 1.