University project aims to help young entrepreneurs

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Law firm Nabarro has joined forces with Sheffield Hallam University to help young entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Associates from Nabarro’s corporate team are staging a free legal clinic one afternoon a month at Sheffield Hallam’s Business Innovation Centre.

Gareth Saynor, partner and head of entrepreneur activity at Nabarro’s Sheffield office said: “We are delighted to be able to support Sheffield Hallam’s young entrepreneurs; they have real energy, passion and enthusiasm for driving their business ideas forward.

“These students are likely to be our business leaders of the future and we are pleased to be able to support them on their business journeys.”

Among the students who have already benefitted from the clinics are Nastaran Samii and James Chapman.

Nastaran Samii was the first international graduate from Sheffield Hallam University to be granted a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa by the UK Border Agency.

The visa allows graduates who have been involved in innovative entrepreneurial activities during their studies the right to stay on for a year initially to develop their business ideas.

Mr Samii used the clinic to get advice about registering, his business, the Samii & Honari Art Organisation, as a limited company and distributing its share capital between the owners.

Jamie Chapman is the owner of Sheffield city centre-based app developer 57 Digital and sought advice from lawyers at the clinic on growing his business, including options such as acquiring a competitor in theNetherlands.