Enterprise Hub launches to offer business start-up support to entrepreneurs across the region


The City of Liverpool College is at the helm of a new ground-breaking initiative which aims to help thousands of budding entrepreneurs turn their business start-up ideas into reality.

The Liverpool City Region Enterprise Hub will provide advice and support for an estimated 6,000 people across the North West who are considering starting their own business.  The college will take the lead on the Hub, with support from The Women’s Organisation who will act as managing agent for the programme.

The college, together with four other associates supporting the project - Liverpool Central Library and IP Centre, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Merseycare NHS Trust and Plus Dane - plan to connect with residents from a range of different communities across Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral and Halton over the next three years.

As part of its own plans for the programme, the college will link up its budding entrepreneurs with the Enterprise Hub, to provide access to pre- start-up and start-up advice and support for those students with ambitions to be their own boss.

The background an objectives driving the Enterprise Hub, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), were outlined at the recent launch event (30 June) by keynote speaker Julia Sweeney, Dept. for Communities and Local Government.

More than 200 people attended the event, including Hub partner organisations and representatives from leading accountants and legal advisers who specialise in start-up advice.

A network of ten partner organisations will provide business start-up services including The Women’s Organisation; St Helens Chamber; Liverpool JMU; Granby Toxteth Development Trust; Everton Development Trust; Alt Valley Community Trust; The Prince’s Trust; Merseyside Expanding Horizons; SAFE Regeneration; and Franchising Works.


Above photo L:R Maggie O’Carroll (The Women's Org.), Julia Sweeney and Elaine Bowker (Principal) at launch of new Liverpool City Region Enterprise Hub



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