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Entrepreneurs given tips on how to set up a business by Norfolk’s Euro MP Richard Howitt

09:21 09 April 2014

Norfolk Euro MP Richard Howitt talking with would be entrepreneurs about their experiences of unemployment and their aspirations at the week long project run by The Prince's Trust. Photo: Steve Adams3

Norfolk Euro MP Richard Howitt talking with would be entrepreneurs about their experiences of unemployment and their aspirations at the week long project run by The Prince's Trust. Photo: Steve Adams3

Young people from across the region who are not in education or work have been given tips on setting up their own business by Euro MP Richard Howitt, ahead of starting a special week-long project run by The Prince’s Trust.

The four-day Explore Enterprise course, which is being held in Norwich, offers advice, skills and mentoring to help people create their own businesses and unleash their entrepreneurial spirit.

Norfolk’s MEP has campaigned for a new European scheme to guarantee young people employment or training at a time when almost one million young people in the UK are not in jobs or education.

Mr Howitt said: “These young people have grabbed the opportunity provided by The Prince’s Trust to gain new skills and insight into the world of business and self-employment.

“I have seen lots of people get jobs and start their own businesses thanks to the Prince’s Trust, and I look forward to seeing some of them on future editions of the popular BBC TV Dragons’ Den programme.”

He said there were currently 912,000 16-24 year-olds out of work in Britain, 67,000 across our region and still almost a thousand in Norwich, 975.

One of those hoping to set up their own business with help from the trust is Hannah Gardiner, from Bungay, who is a single mother on jobseekers’ allowance. She said: “This is a lifeline for me because I’ve got to create a job, as I’m not going to find one.”

Emily Clements, from Norwich, who plans to set up a business in antiques/restoration, said she was “honoured” to be on the course.

Others on the course include Simon Hughes, from Gateley, near Fakenham; Ashleigh Cork, from Costessey; and Adam McCabe, from Norwich. The group’s business ideas range from setting up a taxidermist firm, to running mobile bar festivals and a mobile African food restaurant.

What are you doing to help young people get jobs? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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