New Business & Enterprise Club Starts Up

Sun, 2001-05-27 01:00

L to R: David Brown, Jasper Chadprajong, Sharon Atkinson-Brown, Ray Sharp (Business Academy Enterprise Manager), Gillian Canfield and Julie Purvis

A new free training programme where budding entrepreneurs can get business support, advice and build up useful business contacts has been launched in County Durham.

The Business & Enterprise Club, at East Durham College’s Business Academy, in Peterlee, has been set up to help people who want to start up their own business or go self employed.

Ray Sharp, Enterprise Manager at East Dirham College, explained: “The programme consists for nine full day workshops over a 3 week period.

“The very first programme has just been successfully completed by a group of seven students who have all gained a new qualification - the NOCN Level 2 Award in Self Employment and Enterprise - for their efforts.

“The Club also gives them the chance to share experiences and access a range of professional services advice, business mentoring and business planning assistance.”

The group of enterprise students’ new business start-up ideas ranged from a fashion label, a taxi training college, an accountancy that provides support for small businesses, a bakery and a sportswear fashion shop.

Jasper Chaddprajong, from Peterlee, who took part, said: “The Business and Enterprise Club has been very helpful, especially as I’m not from a business background. I can now use the skills I’ve gained in the future as I look to develop my other business ideas.”

Another Enterprise student, Sharon Atkinson-Brown, from Seaham, added: “It’s helped me put my knowledge and ideas down on paper to create a sound business plan. From a networking point of view I’ve also met the other people on the programme and we help support each other, which is great too.”

The new Enterprise Club is run by the College and linked to Jobcentre Plus and the new Enterprise Allowance Scheme, which is part of the Government’s Big Society Programme.

If you have a new business idea and would like to check if you are eligible for a free place please contact East Durham College or Jobcentre Plus.