Opportunities on jobs market

Steve Pye, chairman of the FSB's Fylde coast branch
Steve Pye, chairman of the FSB's Fylde coast branch
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The Blackpool based Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recognises the need to boost growth, reduce welfare dependency and provide new opportunities for people who find themselves locked out of the jobs market.

But some need more specific support.

The FSB are Championing all Real-Life Entrepreneurs and have teamed up with organisations to nurture and promote entrepreneurship.

These include:-

Young Entrepreneurs (Young Enterprise) - More than three quarters of 11 to 18 year olds say they would like to start their own business in the future. The FSB and Young Enterprise believe that education should have a focus on enterprise.

Female Entrepreneurs (Everywoman) - Only 29 per cent of entrepreneurs in the world are women and should be championed as entrepreneurs to help create 150,000 more firms.

Ex-forces Entrepreneurs (Heropreneurs) - Each year, approximately 24,000 men and women leave the Armed Forces to begin their life as civilians, and should be supported in setting up their own business.

New Deal of the Mind Entrepreneurs (The Creative Society) - Given the choice, most people would rather create a job for themselves than remain on Jobseekers Allowance, and therefore should be encouraged to go it alone.

Over 50s Entrepreneurs (Prime) - Almost four million people aged 50 to 64 are out of work – of which 400,000 each year plan to start their own business.

The FSB and PRIME believe everyone aged 50 plus has the opportunity for financial, social and personal fulfilment through sustainable self employment.

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