Scheme is one-stop-shop for ea­ger en­trepreneurs

Macclesfield Express - - CHILDREN IN NEED -

A NEW ini­tia­tive which helps peo­ple get kick­started in busi­ness has been launched in Mac­cles­field.

En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field hopes to be a one-stop-shop for free ad­vice and sup­port to any­one want­ing to set up their own so­cial or com­mer­cial en­ter­prise.

It is run by a Make it Mac­cles­field, a Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany which runs projects to raise the pro­file of the town.

The main aim of the project is to sim­plify the of­ten con­fus­ing world of busi­ness by offering would-be en­trepreneurs free coach­ing from lead­ing busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als.

It also links up with a group of ex­pert ad­vi­sors in the fields of fi­nance, le­gal, IT, HR, sales and mar­ket­ing, bank­ing, brand­ing, web­site and so­cial me­dia.

En­trepreneurs will be sign­posted to ex­ist­ing pots of fund­ing to help get their ven­ture off the ground. But even­tu­ally, En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field wants to be able to of­fer its own fund­ing to ap­pli­cants.

En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field was due to be launched at an event at the Her­itage Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Ray Clarke, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Shap­ing Busi­ness, which is in­volved in the new ini­tia­tive, said: “There are plenty of peo­ple in Mac­cles­field who have good ideas but are con­fused about where to go for sup­port to get that idea off the ground.

“En­ter­pris­ing Mac­cles­field will help them make that next step by pro­vid­ing a fo­cal point for any­one want­ing to start a busi­ness or so­cial en­ter­prise in our area.

“This free sup­port is avail­able to ev­ery­one, whether you want to set up a win­dow clean­ing busi­ness or whether you are com­ing out of As­traZeneca and not making the move to Cam­bridge.”

Mr Clarke is one of 12 coaches offering free help. Oth­ers in­clude Philip Cole, David Gooda, Si­mon Hay­ward, Ju­lia Mar­shall, Paul McGuire, Mike Rance, Tim Sher­cliff, Heather Te­bay, Colin Tow­nend, James Wal­lis and Gareth White.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley said the ini­tia­tive could make a real dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal econ­omy adding: “There is an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit in our town and it is so im­por­tant for our en­trepreneurs and small busi­nesses to get ac­cess to the right com­bi­na­tion of coach­ing sup­port and fund­ing to de­liver suc­cess­ful en­ter­prises.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to con­tact the team visit en­ter­pris­ing mac­cles­field.co.uk

●● Ray Clarke is one of the ad­vi­sors

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