Wednesday, November 13, 2013

News: Getting Rotherham Ready for Business

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A successful national start-up programme is being delivered in Rotherham to help new enterprises get "investment ready."

Ready for Business began last year following support from the Government's Regional Growth Fund and Barclays. It aims to create 6,000 new businesses with 10,000 new jobs across the country and has already created 261 jobs across Yorkshire and Humber and 1,500 new jobs nationwide since its launch.

The scheme works with start-ups with a particular focus upon helping make those businesses investment ready. The programme provides individuals with concentrated support in the pre-start stages of their new business, including intensive enterprise training via free Barclays Get Ready for Business Seminars, one-on-one help from a dedicated business advisor to explore and assess their business ideas and offer expert analysis into developing a business plan.

As part of the programme a number of seminars are being hosted at RiDO's business centres across the borough. The aim is to help those people looking to start their own business to take their idea from the drawing board to the real world.

Expert advice, help and encouragement is provided in areas such as business planning, cash flow, taxation and marketing.

Ready for Business is delivered by the Cavendish Consortium, a partnership between some of England's leading enterprise agencies together with National Enterprise Network; in Yorkshire and Humber, Ready for Business is handled by National Enterprise Network through a network of partners.

Kevin Horne, chairman of the Cavendish Consortium, said: "The success of Ready for Business demonstrates a clear demand for a start-up programme which helps entrepreneurs successfully launch their enterprises and continues to provide intensive and on-going support. Our network of experienced business advisers across the country has already helped a vast number of ventures – and there are many thousands more currently receiving tailored support – which has resulted in the creation of over 1,500 new and much needed jobs."

Sue Hayes, managing director of Barclays Business, said: "This is a great programme and has already achieved so much in its first year. SMEs are the life blood of the British economy and schemes like this, designed to help them achieve success are vitally important."

The next Ready for Business seminar takes place at Moorgate Crofts business centre on November 21.

Ready for Business website
RiDO website

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