Coaches to teach enterprise locally

BUSINESS men and women in Scarborough are being asked to become ‘Enterprise Coaches’ in a bid to encourage new start-ups in the town.

Scarborough Council has teamed up with the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce to launch Scarborough Enterprise Match.

The European-funded project aims to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of the borough by increasing the number of business start-ups, improving business survival rates and creating jobs.

As part of the scheme organisers are looking to recruit experienced business men and women who will engage with the Scarborough business community and work with individuals looking to become self employed.

Matt Parsons, Employment and Skills manager at the council, said: “As part of the project the council want to create a multi-disciplined team of business growth experts to act as a network of specialist mentors, supporting new businesses less than three years old.”

The scheme is looking to appoint a selection of people that have a proven track record in business or providing business support in specialist areas including finance, marketing, workforce development, digital media and internet, business planning and strategy, and social enterprise.

Kate Mills, head of Enterprise Yorkshire, which is a sub division of the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Starting a business can be one of the most daunting and stressful experiences that a person will ever have to face, but the Chamber aims to remove the puzzling and complicated boundaries of business start up and help people down the route to self-employment.

“The Chamber has a vast amount of experience that it wishes to share with Scarborough’s business community.

“The support and advice that we are going to be offering will undoubtedly help the area achieve its full potential as the most enterprising place in Europe.”

The Enterprise Coaches will have a strong understanding of the needs and requirements of Scarborough’s future entrepreneurs, and will work closely with clients through all stages of the start-up process, helping build their confidence and removing the barriers to enterprise.

The selected suppliers will be paid on a daily rate and will need to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of local businesses.

To register an interest either as a client or to become an Enterprise Coach email Matt Parsons at matthew.parsons@scarborough.gov.uk.