Signing off to start-up success

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South Yorkshire is 4th out of 36 areas nationally for the number of claimants helped to set up their own business.

Some 2,000 people across the county have now signed off benefits and are independently trading thanks to the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance, new figures show.

Mentoring and training as part of the free service is delivered by Doncaster Chamber working with Sheffield Enterprise Agencye and Barnsley&Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, funded with a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Vic Holbrey, head of business support at Doncaster Chamber said: “The Chamber and our partners are proud to support local people into business through the NEA scheme - helping to empower people into setting up their own businesses is extremely rewarding and also has clear benefits for our local economy.

“Through our expert support and professional service we are able to guide our customers every step of the way and see businesses develop from an initial idea to a fully functional business.”