Entrepreneurial jobseekers in the North West have launched nearly 13,000 new businesses through a government scheme to boost self-employment and drive innovation.
From manufacturing and technology, to leisure and fashion, jobseekers with big ideas and the passion to turn them into reality, have set up their own businesses through the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) since it was unveiled in 2011. Through the NEA, jobseekers who want to start their own firm can access government funding and on-going expertise about how to get started and manage a successful business from dedicated mentors.
DWP Employment Minister, Priti Patel, said:
“When we launched the NEA we sent out a clear message to claimants with the creativity and drive to go it alone that we would back them, and it is testament to this One Nation’s entrepreneurial spirit that people have risen to the challenge in their droves.
“The NEA has given people the confidence to secure their own financial future and move off benefits, which has also helped us to notch up a record employment rate and cut unemployment to a 10-year low.”
New figures out today show that for those who have launched a business so far:
62% were men and 38% were women;
69% were aged between 25 and 49; and
21% have a disability.