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Support call: Gordon Millward
Support call: Gordon Millward
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A NEW organisation designed to help new firms and budding entrepreneurs is to be launched in Sheffield because so few people know where to find help.

The Yorkshire Enterprise Club will be run by the Federation of Small Businesses and is set to offer free start-up support, mentoring, seminars and networking.

FSB regional chairman and Sheffield businessman, Gordon Millward, said: “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.”

FSB regional development manager Neville Martin said: “The club’s aims will be threefold: to significantly enhance the numbers of individuals setting out on the enterprise journey, to work collaboratively to improve the survival rates of fledgling businesses and to raise the bar in the provision and delivery of enterprise support and training.

“By identifying early when help and support is needed, intervention will be much simplified and the support mechanisms can be effectively focused on where they are most required.”

The club will be developed in partnership with established public and private sector organisations across Yorkshire that already support start-up businesses.

Mr Millward said: “We are not setting out in any way to replace or replicate the solid infrastructure that already exists. The club sees its fundamental role as that of bringing the diverse elements of the start-up fraternity out of isolation to form a cohesive and accessible enterprise community.”

Sheffield Central MP and Business Industry and Skills Select Committee member Paul Blomfield will officially launch the Yorkshire Enterprise Club at the Sheffield College on Friday, May 18.

To attend contact the FSB’s regional office, call 0114 2617132 or email ro.southandeastyorks@fsb.org.uk