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Project aims to help young set up their own businesses
A project is being launched by Bradford Council on Thursday to help young people aged 16 to 24 who have shown aptitude for setting up their own business.
Part of the Get Bradford Working scheme, the project will provide up to £90,000 of funding opportunities for the voluntary and community sector to develop initiatives that give young people the early support they need to develop their own enterprise.
The project launch is taking place at Future House, starting at 10am, at a special event for community and voluntary service organisations.
The Step up to Business project has been developed in response to research undertaken by University of Bradford School of Management and Barnardos.
The research showed that supporting young people develop skills that enable them to run their own business could bring them and the local economy long term benefit.
Bradford Council 14-19 Participation Officer, Kathryn Loftus, said: “We know from the research undertaken that there is an important role to play in helping enterprises operating ‘off the book’ to move into the formal economy.
“This is a partnership initiative between the Council and the voluntary sector. We expect all the organisations involved to work together so that we can offer the best support we can to young people.”
Councillor Ralph Berry, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, believes the project will help young people who have the enthusiasm and drive to set up their own business, but may lack some of the knowledge and formal skills to do so.
“We want to reach as many of these enterprises as possible, to support their business move to a formal setting that both helps their long-term success and adds to the local economy,” he said.
Interested organisations can find out more about the grants and application process by contacting Kathryn Loftus, on (01274) 385831 or 07582 108759.
Application forms will be made available at the Information Session today, or visit bradfordcvs.org.uk to download a copy.
The closing date for applications is September 27.