George Freeman MP drops in to Dereham business start up support …
George Freeman MP at the Business Support Event
Aspiring business people in Dereham welcomed an unexpected visitor to the Enterprise Norfolk Business support workshop in Dereham last Friday when the Mid Norfolk MP, George Freeman, dropped in to the workshop to show his support for the programme and to find out more about how Enterprise Norfolk is supporting local residents in their pursuit of starting up a business of their own.
The workshop which was also attended by Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland Council s Executive Member for Assets and Strategic Development, was the third of a four day business support course and focused on the financial elements of running a business.
Breckland Council has teamed up with Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES) to provide a suite of business support activities in Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton which includes one to one advice sessions with a business adviser, self employment awareness events, business introduction workshops, a 4 day planning and developing course and mentoring.
The Enterprise Norfolk programme, which is funded by Norfolk County Council, enables people to gain the necessary skills to start a successful business and receive ongoing advice and mentoring during the first year of trading.
Speaking at the workshop, George Freeman MP said: I would like to congratulate Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council for the creation of this initiative which is both hugely important and timely given the state of the local and national economy. I know from my experience in running my own business how important this is and that practical help with the nuts and bolts of self employment is invaluable. Today I ve met people that are learning practical skills and it is lovely to hear them congratulating Local Government for making a difference.
That is why I have offered the candidates some space on my website to showcase their new business and I will be sure to tweet about them and help them gain their first order.
The Enterprise Norfolk programme of business start up support is also available across the rest of the County and any person looking for advice and support is urged to contact their local council or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/Business/Enterprise_Norfolk for further information.
In Breckland, events are scheduled throughout the year in Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton and a business adviser meets people on one to one basis every week. The next event will be in Swaffham on 9th May. To speak to somebody in more detail or to register for Enterprise Norfolk in Breckland contact NWES on 0845 6099991.
Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland Council s Executive Member for Assets and Strategic Management said: We are getting calls from people who are all at different stages of starting a business, from those who have an idea or a passion they would like to run a business in, to some who have recently been made redundant and have decided that they would like to work for themselves but need guidance.
I would encourage anybody who has an idea and the enthusiasm to start a business to contact us so they can benefit from the specialist advice and knowledge that is on offer.