‘Grand’ news for start-up course

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A media production company has become the 1,000th business to be launched through a start-up programme run by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Agency.

It’s a case of lucky number Se7en Media Productions, a Sheffield film and video firm run by friends Christopher Sabaoth and Benedict Pheta.

It was established after the 23-year-olds returned to the city after each graduating from university.

SENTA helped them into business through the New Enterprise Allowance programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The scheme allows individuals to claim a tax-free allowance for the first six months and access to a range of practical support, including one-to-one sessions with a business advisor and planning workshops.

Christopher said: “We had already written a business plan because we had been thinking about self-employment since university. However, the help that we got at SENTA made us realise the plan wasn’t refined enough and we had quite a bit more work to do.

“Starting a business has been one of the best things we’ve done.”