People are being invited to discover business opportunities at free Discovering Enterprise Roadshows being held in the New Year for people not in work.
The events are being hosted by Inspiring Enterprise, a two-year project backed through £1.45 million of funding from the National Lottery, via the Big Lottery Fund, and the European Social Fund.
The roadshows are taking place on Wednesday, February 14 at Winchester Discovery Centre, and on Thursday, March 1 at G Live, Guildford.
Budding entrepreneurs can find out more about the free project and sign up for support on the day, while existing clients can find further inspiration.
Each roadshow will feature keynote speakers who are established entrepreneurs talking about how they started a business, the challenges and successes and their top tips for succeeding.
There will also be workshops on topics such as the realities of self-employment, starting a business with a social aim, financing a new business and using social media to grow a business.
Inspiring Enterprise project participants will also be there to chat about their journey so far and how the project has helped.
Project Manager Liz Wright said: “We want to shout from the rooftops about the amazing success of people taking part in Inspiring Enterprise in developing their own business ideas.
“These roadshows are for anyone unemployed or working with unemployed people interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming self-employed.
“There will be a chance to find out more about the free help available, taster sessions, time to ask the experts about financing business start-ups and an opportunity to meet other people starting their journey to self-employment.”
Inspiring Enterprise, part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, is administered by not-for-profit business support organisation WSX Enterprise and partnered by Action Hampshire, Surrey Community Action, Fredericks Foundation and the University of Winchester.
It is aimed at people who are unemployed and young people not in education, employment or training, as well as lone parents, older workers, people with disabilities and people in minority groups. Inspiring Enterprise aims to help at least 500 unemployed people take steps to set up a business or improve their work readiness.
To be eligible for help through Inspiring Enterprise people must live within the M3 corridor and be currently unemployed.
The M3 corridor runs from the New Forest to the M25 and includes Winchester, Andover, Alton, Farnham, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Camberley, Woking, Bracknell and everywhere in between.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Discovering Enterprise Roadshows should visit the web site https://www.inspiringenterprise.org.uk/roadshows or call 0800 140 4537.
Building Better Opportunities
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions.
From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment.
Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.
The BBO project has received £1.45 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding.
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