A new national pilot scheme is being set up in Tendring to encourage the self-employment route for budding entrepreneurs.

As part of the Link Up, Start Up initiative a free event is being staged on December 17 – and anyone is welcome to attend.

There will be an informal presentation and networking with support from businesses in the District and their partners.

Kevin Barnes and Richard Bailey from the Tendring Enterprise Agency (TEA) will be hosting the session from 3pm to 6pm at Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) in Rosemary Road.

Among the areas to be covered are why take the self-employment route, positives and negatives; good news stories, training and support available and the chance for people to be mentored through their own personal journey.

Mr Bailey, Chairman of TEA, said his organisation is pleased to be hosting the event alongside Tendring District Council (TDC) and Jobcentre Plus.

“This is providing an opportunity for local people looking to self-employment as the way forward,” he said.  “We are expecting a good representation from local businesses and they will be providing guidance at the event.”

Kevin Barnes, Director at TEA, said he is thrilled to be taking part and thanked CVST for providing the venue.

“This session will be an important insight for people wishing to take the self- employment route and support for businesses from conception through start-up to growth and expansion.”

Places will be available on a first come, first served basis and anyone interested should contact Donna Lehain on 01255 686377.

TDC Leader Mick Page urges anyone looking to set up in business or wanting a career change to go along.

“This really is a great chance to pick up some top tips from some of the people who have been there and done it in Tendring,” he added.

“If you’ve got an idea test it out with the experts and you may also find someone who can help you on the way.”

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