Young people who want to strike out in business on their own are flocking to enter a ground-breaking competition.
Blackpool’s Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge is gathering momentum, with 24 young people signed up to attend less than a week after the story was launched in The Gazette.
At a time when winter is drawing in, and heads traditionally drop; Blackpool is Getting Started and aiming to make a difference to youth employment.
The Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge aims to tap into a pool of latent talent and inspire young unemployed seasiders to get into business and start making money.
Youngsters can enter the challenge with a chance of winning £1,000 and getting office space at the Oracle for six months to get them started.
Prizes will also be awarded to runners up.
Even if they don’t enter the contest youngsters who attend next Tuesday and Wednesday’s two day seminar will get a wealth of help and advice on how to start their own business. The challenge is being run by Blackpool Council and Oracle and is supported by local businesses such as intrepidfish, xpwebservices, wordforge, tangle dress design and charbrew.
All are key presenters on the 2 day seminar and know what it takes to start from nothing, and open their own business.
Geoff Reeves, Blackpool small business adviser who works with Blackpool’s Get Started scheme said: “All you need is an idea, determination to succeed and a little helping hand at the start.
“With financial support available on top of help and advice, there will never be a better time to take the plunge!”
The challenge runs from 9pm-4pm at the Oracle, St.Annes Road, Blackpool, featuring a fun set of activities that will help young people to form a basic idea and understand the basics of what it is like to run a business.
Coun Chris Maughan, cabinet member for younger people, said: “I encourage any young people who think they could be the next business leader in the town to come forward and apply.”
To enter call 01253 477147 or e-mail your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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