Budding entrepreneurs have been given a boost with the launch of a new £1,000 Start-Up Bursary through Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership.
The programme is supported by the Department for Communities and will assist people who are unemployed or economically inactive to start a new business.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Ivor Wallace, said: “In the Causeway Coast and Glens area we have lots of support to help budding entrepreneurs, including the Go For It programme and the Exploring Enterprise Programme, both of which council fund and support.
“This, however, is the only start-up grant or bursary specifically aimed at those who are unemployed or not working.
“We believe this additional funding from the Department for Communities will really help these people to start a business and we thank the department for their ongoing investment in our borough.”
In addition to the £1,000 bursary, applicants will be able to access important advice, training and mentoring as part of their new business journey.
Marc McGerty, Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership Manager, added: “The programme will run until March 31st 2023 and it aims to help 48 people.
“Twenty-four of these will get a bursary for up to £1,000 for their new start up.
“The bursary can go towards a wide range of start-up costs, including capital equipment, computer software and hardware, marketing materials, and other operational costs.
“We can support new businesses across all sectors, based at home or in dedicated premises.
“The new business can be full-time or part-time, and this could include all sectors and ideas, including crafts, childminding from home, self-employed construction contracting, personal trainers, retail shops, cafés and delivery drivers.”
If you would like to register your interest in the programme please email LMP@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk, ring 028 7034 7034 or visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/work/labour-market-partnership
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