Sheffield top for jobseekers’ firms

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Sheffield tops the table for jobless benefit claimants starting a business with the help of a government scheme.

Some 1,140 have been set up since the New Enterprise Allowance scheme was launched in April 2011.

More than 8,700 have been started in Yorkshire and the Humber according to statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The top five local authorities for start-ups are Sheffield (1140), Leeds (830), Doncaster (690), East Riding (660), Bradford (650).

The NEA gives start-ups a weekly grant and a business mentor.

The DWP says the British total is more than 73,000 new start-ups created through the scheme.

Employment Minister, Priti Patel, said: “We want everyone in all parts of Britain to benefit from the opportunities being created by our growing economy. We are supporting people, regardless of their background or where they are from, who want to work hard and get on.

“This scheme helps claimants with a good business idea to become their own boss so they can support themselves and their families, and turn their lives around.”

The UK is rated as the best place in Europe and one of the best places in the world to start a business, she added.

However the Government wants to see more people from disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to be their own boss.

The Government has launched a review, by leading entrepreneur Michelle Mone OBE.