NWES celebrates 30 years of support
A body formed to help start up business ventures get off the ground is marking its 30th birthday today and is poised to work on a major national project to help entrepreneurs secure bank funding.
Originally founded in 1982 as the Lowestoft Enterprise Trust, NWES has grown to become a regional player in enterprise support and economic development, with a �6m turnover and 18 business centres across the region, ranging from OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft to Harlow Enterprise Hub.
It has also contributed to the government's start-up strategy, and in the last five years has helped 2411 new businesses to start trading.
This month it will be involved in a national investment readiness programme with Barclays to provide help in accessing bank funding.
In addition to the 1-to-1 business advice sessions and training courses, the NWES Group also comprises an Education Business Partnership (NWES World of Work) which facilitates links between schools and local companies. .
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To celebrate its birthday, staff and tenants at their enterprise centres have been tucking into '30th' cakes along with champagne. A 1980's party will be held later in the year to celebrate three decades of encouraging enterprise.
Kevin Horne, who has been chief executive since 1997, said: 'From four staff and a shared computer we now cover four counties and have helped over 10,000 new businesses to start up, thrive and survive.
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'I am immensely proud of the organisation, in particular for remaining independent which means we have been able to solely concentrate on providing what our clients want and need.'