West Norfolk: Help for businesses

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become self-employed or to set up a new business, then help is at hand thanks to the launch of a brand new free business start-up programme in West Norfolk.

This week saw the launch of the Enterprise Norfolk programme in West Norfolk, which is being delivered in association with business start-up support specialists, TCHC.

Enterprise Norfolk, which is jointly funded by Norfolk County Council and the Borough Council, aims to help up to 300 would-be entrepreneurs and create at least 50 new businesses in West Norfolk over the next two years

The programme is designed to help anyone with a business idea to make it a reality. Budding entrepreneurs from West Norfolk will be able to access informative workshops covering all the points they need to consider in becoming self-employed or setting up their own business.

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “Supporting business development through these tough economic times is crucial. One of our top priorities is to encourage and support business growth in the area, whether that’s new businesses or existing businesses which need help and support to expand. The programme will complement our existing business support role, providing in-depth advice and support to those looking to get a new business off the ground.”

Graham Coultas, Director of Enterprise for TCHC, explained: “When starting a business having some external advice and support is absolutely vital in making sure that you have the best possible chance of succeeding. Our training workshops and individual mentoring sessions will cover all aspects of running a business from finding customers, marketing and selling through to managing finance, tax & VAT, and presenting a business plan to a bank”.

Cllr Beales added: “I would encourage anyone looking to become self-employed to make full use of the support available. This is a brilliant opportunity to test out your business ideas, get help and advice from experienced advisers and learn some of the basics that will increase the chances of your new business being a success story.”

TCHC will be running the Enterprise Norfolk programme in West Norfolk throughout 2013. The first workshop, a half-day business start-up overview called ‘Self Employment – Is it for me?’, is being held in three locations across the borough as follows:

13 February - Hunstanton

6 March - King’s Lynn

19 March - Downham Market

Booking is essential and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place contact TCHC on 01923 698436 or email courses@tchc.net. Venues will be confirmed at time of booking.

To discuss your business ideas, call TCHC on 01923 698436.