Backing for Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Sefton Park Community Centre. Pic © JMU Journalism

Sefton Park Community Centre. Pic © JMU Journalism

Liverpool City Council and LJMU are helping prospective business people and the self-employed to help thrive in the industry with a number of new schemes as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The council is providing a free workshop for 25 people from south Liverpool this Fridy at Sefton Park Community Centre help those who want to get to grips with the ‘ins and out’ of running a business.

Mossley Hill councillor, Patrick Hurley, who helped set up the scheme, told JMU Journalism: “It was one of the things I wanted to do across South Liverpool as there has been a shift in self-employment. I wanted to help people avoid pitfalls and common mistakes people have made in the past.”

The session will be ran by Lean Team UK, which assists individuals who have a business idea but don’t know how to get it off the ground as well as those who don’t want to spend a lot of money setting up the venture.

Lean Teams UK owner, Francis Fish, told JMU Journalism: “We put people first, rather than the mindless processes.”

‘Mentors’ from Santander and Another Level will also be in attendance, providing knowledge and support for anyone wishing to go.

The event starts at 9.30am and will finish at 4pm, anyone requiring more information or wanting to book a place should email Hurley on patrick.hurley@liverpool.gov.uk .

Meanwhile, Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) Centre for Entrepreneurship is launching a ‘Try it Out’ award. The scheme invites all of its students to apply and pitch their business ideas to the centre with successful applicants receiving £250 to trial their proposed venture.

Any ideas must adhere to the values and visions of the university and if given the green light the money must be used to test out a part of the plan. In addition, anyone who is interested must discuss their idea with a member of the ‘start-up’ team to see if it is viable to go ahead with the idea.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s business advisor, Claire Horan, told JMU Journalism: “It’s not a competitive process, it’s a case of seeing if the idea can actually be done. With the economy performing badly, there’s always more entrepreneurial activities and opportunities.”

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