With unemployment figures due out again tomorrow and youth employment tipped to take a hit, more people in Blackpool are taking their future in their own hands and trying to forge their own career.
A group of 19 would-be entrepreneurs recently joined the council’s Get Started programme with an introductory course at the FYCreatives offices in Church Street.
The Road to Enterprise course saw delegates from a varied background including, web designers, music producers, DJ’s, artists, caterers, beauticians and tradesmen. Twelve of the group were from the 18-30 age group hoping to get on the Government’s start-up loan scheme.
The group spent the day finding out if self-employment and business was for them with the scheme which has launched 750 businesses.
North Shore boxer James Bennie, 21, was looking into using his skills to launch his Lock Down Boxing Gym aimed at teaching youngsters to channel their energy in a positive way. DJ Paul Campbell has been running courses teaching youngsters DJ skills, including for local councils, and wants to expand.
He said; “ It has been a positive experience We had plenty of good advice on such things as getting a business plan together.”
Kelly Sheard of Bispham is getting set to launch a luxury beauty boutique, while Julie Ann Falconer was looking at pet accessories business, Thomas Leeming is aiming for a party mascots business and Fiona Anderson is preparing to launch FeeFee Labelle restored furniture and shabby chic gifts enterprise.
Gary Coleman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Urban Development, said: “The Get Started scheme is a fantastic platform to help get people onto the business ladder and create a new set of entrepreneurs for Blackpool.”