19 May 2021
St Helens Chamber is delighted to announce that the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) has been extended, enabling them to continue supporting budding entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region to realise their dreams of starting a new business.
St Helens Chamber has delivered the New Enterprise Allowance in St Helens since it was first launched as trailblazer back in 2011, and since then has helped thousands of Job Centre Plus customers to explore self-employment.
Thanks to the latest extension of the scheme the Chamber is looking to support a further 240 budding entrepreneurs to launch a business during the coming year.
Stella Libertini, Business Start Up Co-Ordinator at St Helens Chamber, commented: “We’re so pleased to have had this contract extended given the amount of successful businesses who have already benefitted from the NEA.
“With the renewed funding we look forward to helping more aspiring entrepreneurs across the region start their businesses and supporting them every step of the way.
“We love seeing the creativity of local people, and watching their business grow from an idea into a fully fledged business. We would really encourage anyone who has a business idea to speak to their Work Coach and take advantage of the fantastic NEA scheme.”
The NEA funding has helped businesses across the region to get off the ground, with 109 new businesses launched over last year, despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Just one of these businesses was set up by James Hunter, who used the NEA scheme to set up his business High Definition Mobile Valeting.
James said: “The support has been superb. My Adviser Steve slowed things down for me and gave me a new perspective on my business, he advised me about different funding available and then he helped me access relevant training.
“I took advantage of some of the courses on offer like ‘Getting started with LinkedIn’, and I did a Bookkeeping course which was really useful. With me handling money I wanted to know I was doing everything right, so this really helped.”
Another local business owner, Debbie Richards of Nurture Training LTD took up the support of St Helens Chamber and the NEA and her business continues to go from strength to strength.
Debbie added: “The Support was fantastic; my advisers were both very informative and even now they still get in touch to check in on me and see how I’m doing. They are really invested my success – Steve is getting in touch to help me with growth and marketing soon too which is great.
“It’s nice to have that followed up and know the support is still available even after I’ve set up. The support is outstanding – I’m really pleased it’s there.”
The New Enterprise Allowance is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.
In addition to business support advice, training and mentoring you will receive a tax-free allowance of £1274 over your first six months of trading (subject to JCP/DWP criteria).
If you are unemployed and thinking of starting a business, speak to your JobCentre Plus adviser for more information about the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme.
To find out more about the New Enterprise Allowance, visit https://www.sthelenschamber.com/startup/new-enterprise-allowance