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20/10/2020

Furloughed staff among those planning starting up own businesses


Fears of impending job losses in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown have triggered rising interest in Start Up training according to business training and business support specialists MENTA.

Would-be entrepreneurs can now receive advice and support to get their ventures off the ground from the comfort of their own home from MENTA trainers via Zoom and its new Workshop Live sessions.

And MENTA which switched its face-to-face Start Up training to new online workshops within days of the lockdown announcement in March, said that far from curtailing ambition, the enforced time at home was encouraging many clients to pursue their long-held start up dreams.

Participants from across Norfolk and Suffolk can sign up to three free workshops covering business basics and viability, marketing, and bookkeeping and taxation.

The sessions, which are fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are tailor made for start-ups and those with little or no experience of running a business.

Each interactive session will walk you through what you need to know about starting and running a business and there are also spreadsheets to help with financial forecasting and bookkeeping – all designed to ensure you stay on top of the numbers.

John Neild, Enterprise Programme and Contracts Manager at MENTA, said: “We are seeing a lot of interest in the new Workshop Live format including among people currently being furloughed by their employees or facing redundancy because of the pandemic.

“Many who are signing up are telling us that they want to use the time available during lockdown to work on their business ideas. The beauty of Workshop Live is that you only need a laptop or a mobile to sign in and take part.

“We’re delighted to have been able to turn these sessions around so quickly and help as many people as we can make the best use of their time during the lockdown. The feedback we have had so far has been fantastic, with many of those taking part telling us that they are delighted to receive this free help at what could otherwise be a very worrying time.”

Courses are being run on an ongoing basis – to find out more details or to sign up go to https://www.menta.org.uk/menta-business-advice-for-start-ups

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