Help for fledgling businesses

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People who are thinking about starting ttheir own business, or expanding their current one, are invited to a business support roadshow on Thursday (January 31).

The event, hosted by East Northamptonshire Council in association with the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is a free drop-in event aimed at people who are thinking of starting a business or growing an existing business.

It will highlight the range of business support available from NEP including workshops, networking opportunities, start-up grants, property searching, recruitment support and funding programmes. Officers from East Northamptonshire Council will also be on hand to answer any business related queries. No appointment is necessary, just drop in anytime between 8.30am and 11.30am.

Rob Purdie, executive director at NEP, said: “NEP is uniquely placed to offer essential guidance and practical assistance to anyone considering setting up their own enterprise. The organisation offers a straightforward and comprehensive programme of business support, created specifically to provide all the fundamentals for a successful new business.”

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “We’re pleased to host this event in order to outline the variety of support available to entrepreneurs and business owners across the district. We hope that local business people will come along to speak with our officers and NEP representatives who can all provide them with vital resources to help them make the most of their business.”

The event is being held at the council’s offices in Thrapston.

To find out more about how NEP can support your business, visit