FSB plans drive to aid start-ups

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The Federation of Small Businesses is to launch a major drive to support start-up businesses from its base in Sheffield.

The Yorkshire Enterprise Club is the FSB’s idea, but brings together established public and private sector organisations across Yorkshire that already provide support for new entreprerneurs.

The Club will be funded by FSB members and will be a free resource, providing support, mentoring, seminars and networking opportunities.

FSB regional chairman and Sheffield businessman Gordon Millward said: “We are entering a new era in the history of British industry. The FSB is ideally placed to champion the drive for an enterprise economy, and it is time to ratchet-up our support for start-up business.

“We have been developing plans for an initiative to encourage more people to set up new businesses and to support those in the early stages of trading. We are now very close to launching a national initiative and, because Yorkshire is universally viewed as being in the vanguard of enterprise activity and ripe for investment, the Yorkshire Enterprise Club is to be the national pilot.”

The Yorkshire Enterprise Club will by launched at Sheffield College on Friday.

Anyone starting or thinking of starting a business, who wants to attend, should contact the FSB’s regional office, tel: 0114 261 7132 or e-mail ro.southandeastyorks@fsb.org.uk.