Thanks to a significant grant secured from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and European Social Fund (ESF), WSX Enterprise will provide and deliver an innovative business start-up support programme to help budding entrepreneurs in the M3 corridor.
The programme focuses on supporting long term unemployed, lone parents, people with disabilities, older workers and people in minority groups into self-employment. There will also be bespoke project activities and support to help young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Inspiring Enterprise will centre on introducing people to the world of social enterprise opportunities and provide specific support to those who aspire to start up in this fast growing business sector.
Entry to the programme is completely free of any charge, but is subject to eligibility criteria. Research has shown that those people able to access quality business start-up training and support have a far greater chance to both survive and thrive.
What is on offer?
Working together with experienced partners, Action Hampshire, Surrey Community Action, Fredericks Foundation and University of Winchester, WSX Enterprise will deliver a comprehensive programme of activities and events across the Enterprise M3 area comprising:
Web portal – dedicated online support with information, tools and resources
Is it for me? – introductory taster sessions
Enterprise Essentials – a series of detailed workshops to develop ideas
Social Enterprise Essentials – tailored series of workshops for community led initiatives/ideas
Individual Meetings – for those who prefer not to participate in group activities/discuss specific issues
Meet The Boss – opportunities to meet with role models/short term placements
Mentoring – ongoing support for new entrepreneurs
Enterprise Clubs – peer to peer support sessions/guest speakers
Peter Grant, Chief Executive of WSX Enterprise, said:
“Since the recession of 2008 we have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people starting their own business.
“This project will target specific groups to help individuals set up enterprises, which can often seem a daunting task.
“All the partners have vast amounts of experience in assisting people to set up businesses and helping them develop their enterprises.
“We are grateful to our partners Action Hampshire, Surrey Community Action and the University of Winchester, who we will be working together with in the delivery of the programme.”