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New Enterprise Allowance scheme helps with 60 new ventures
SIXTY new businesses have been set up in York by entrepreneurs previously receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The enterprises have all been created following the introduction of the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), which offers mentoring and financial support to jobseekers wanting to start their own business.
In addition to the 60 start-ups, 180 individuals have been partnered with mentors and 280 have taken up sector-based pre-employment training.
One of those to have created his own business is Richard Bothamley, a 63-year-old former landscape manager at a large housing association before he was made redundant.
Mr Bothamley, who now runs Setting The Scene With Flowers, in Vine Street, said: “I studied horticulture at college, so had all the knowledge I needed from a practical point of view and my NEA mentor was a retired business manager, so he gave great advice about the financial aspects of setting up a business.
“Since I opened the shop the business is doing better than I could have wished for. I have had to take on another member of staff to help me deal with all the orders.”
Nationally, more than 26,000 businesses have been established with help from the NEA.
Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: “The New Enterprise Allowance is a great example of the aspiration nation in action – Government offering support to people with ideas, as well as the ‘can do’ attitude to turn them into successful enterprises.
“Every month, we are successfully supporting about 2,000 jobseekers to get off benefits and start their own business so that they can fulfill their aspiration to look after themselves and their families.
“In York alone, 60 jobseekers have set up their own business, and I hope many more will follow.”
The NEA was launched in April 2011 and is available to Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants aged 18 and over.
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