We are delighted to announce that along with partners Skills4Work, Westonworks and Alliance Homes, NSEA is one of 32 community organisations that have won a share of NatWest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund. Our ‘Be Your Own Boss’ programme will support those with the most barriers to self-employment to start or develop their own business and skills.
The funding will allow us to deliver accessible events during the second half of 2017 to promote and de-mistify the perceived barriers to self-employment and to deliver short, exploratory workshops entitled Is self-employment for me?
In addition, we will be able to offer a more in-depth business course option to increase business management and financial skills and viability, and provide access to a business advisor for one-to-one support, plus small bursaries to help with the purchase of essential licences, for example.
We hope that a number of new businesses will be created along with potential new jobs in our locality.