Charity is looking to help disabled people to become their own boss

Enterprise FoundationPeople with disabilities wanting to start their own business are being given the opportunity by a charity in Leeds.

The Enterprise Foundation is opening Yorkshire’s Leeds Enterprise Quarter on Tuesday 14th May.

The charity’s initiative is targeting a range of groups who want to get into employment, return to employment or change their career by starting their own business. People who are over 50, under 30, unemployed, ex-services, ex-offenders and craft workers are also being targeted to be helped by the charity.

The Enterprise Foundation has refurbished office space at Headingley Office Park in Victoria Road and will soon have the hub filled with entrepreneurs.

The offices will be offered at a reduced rate, mentors will be available in all areas of starting and running business and help will be on-hand to ensure fledgling businesses can fly solo after three years.

The charity is hoping to attract people with disabilities who want to start their own business, and would like them to make contact ahead of the launch, or come on the day to find out what it’s all about.

Chief Executive Keith Powney from the Enterprise Foundation said: “We want to make sure the start-ups have the very best chance of launching their own business and making a success of them over those early years.

“For many people with disabilities, self-employment offers flexibility of working hours, financial independence and personal empowerment.

“We have great support available to give people in terms of business mentors, to help with accounting, HR, PR, marketing, taxes, law and many other areas small businesses need to know about.”

The charity will offer reduced rents for office space to help in the first three years, before they are able to move out of the hub, take their business forward to the next level and make way for others to follow in their footsteps.

If you would like to find out more about the initiative, log onto www.enterprisefoundation.net and get in touch.

You can also follow them on Twitter @EFLeeds or on Facebook: Enterprise Foundation UK: Leeds Enterprise Quarter

If you are a business and would like to find out how you can get involved, please also send an email via the website and one of the team will make contact with you.

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