Funds boost new business scheme

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A scheme which is helping budding entrepreneurs get up and running in business is celebrating an £875,000 grant to continue its work to the end of 2014.

Enterprise Coaching in Corby has worked with more than 400 people and helped set up 15 new businesses since it launched in April 2010. And the new Corby Enterprise Support programme aims to help 140 people start a new business and create 90 jobs. Project leader Janice Watkins said: “We took three months getting around and about, asking people what they wanted. We did our groundwork and research, and we have exceeded our target by 16 per cent.

“Some people don’t know they have got a good idea until we sit down and have a discussion with them. You don’t need loads and loads of money – just a good idea and the will to succeed.”

Daniel Meakins, 22, Nicholas Liddell, 23, and Matthew Webb, 24, have formed their own firm, DNM Garden Care, with the help of the programme.

Mr Meakins said: “At the moment we are trying to work in the Corby area and once one of us has learned to drive will go further afield.”

Asked what advice he would give to fledgling businesses, Mr Liddell said: “Whatever you want to be, just speak to Enterprise Coaching and they will help you out.”

The programme is delivered by the University of Northampton with cash from the European Regional Development Fund.

Anyone looking for business advice can contact Enterprise Coaching’s social entrepreneur in residence Jay Taylor on 07713 087950.