Biz Startup Central Programme

Fancy being Your Own Boss? East Durham College Can Help with Biz-Startup Central!

Wed, 2018-01-31 13:58

East Durham College has launched a new programme, Biz-Startup Central, designed to give young entrepreneurs the support they need to start up their own business.

The programme is open to unemployed young people age 16-24 from County Durham who have previously gained a Level 2 qualification in an occupational area that may enable them to become self-employed. Examples of eligible qualifications may include construction, hairdressing, beauty therapy, floristry and other similar trades where young people have gained skills from their course, but not the knowledge to set up their own business.

As part of the scheme, those attending will receive valuable experience and advice from professional business staff at East Durham college. Biz-Startup Central offers professional coaching in many different aspects of business, including business model and plan writing/development, support and assistance with identifying funding, finding gaps in the market, identifying customers and advice with managing finances and cash flow.

Lee Jones, Enterprise Coach at East Durham College and lead on the Biz-Startup Central scheme, said: “This new programme at EDC gives young people a chance to become their own boss and bring their business vision to life.

“We hope to increase interest in business startups across the County Durham area and we believe that the Biz-Startup Central programme will give those with practical qualifications the best training and advice they’ll need as they start up their own businesses.”

The new programme will be running on a regular rolling basis throughout the year at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus. The programme runs for a minimum of six weeks, one day a week.

To further support those interested in the course, East Durham College is also able to help with costs by providing a lunch allowance, travel expenses, reimbursements for childcare costs and also by providing any personal protective equipment (PPE) required by the young person during the scheme.