THERE is just one week left to apply for the Northumberland Youth Enterprise Fund (NYEF).
So far the scheme which offers a small grant fund to assist young people in Northumberland with their start up business costs, has seen a number of successful applicants.
One successful applicant from Bedlington is Simon Wearmouth. Simon, 25 started his gardening and groundwork business in November 2012 having received support from the Prince’s Trust.
‘Simon’s Garden Care’ offers a range of gardening services from grass cutting and hedge trimming to watering and tree planting.
Simon has used his £500 grant to buy additional equipment which is enabling him to expand the range of services he is able to offer. He is additionally working with Northumberland County Council’s Young People’s Enterprise Officer to develop his marketing skills and materials.
The NYEF is available to Northumberland residents aged between 16 and 25 year olds to assist with developing a business idea or business start-up costs. The fund is intended to be flexible and existing businesses are eligible to apply if they are within one year of commencing trading and the business is based within Northumberland.
Coun Lesley Rickerby, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “Self-employment is never an easy option but small enterprises such as Simon’s are vital in helping to rebalance Northumberland’s economy.
“Support offered through initiatives such as the Northumberland Youth Enterprise Fund allows the county’s young people to develop important enterprise skills and pursue a career in areas they are truly passionate about.
“Not only does this provide short term benefits to the individuals and their communities but it also provides inspiring role models for the future.”
The closing date for applications is Thursday, January 31.
For further information on the Northumberland Youth Enterprise Fund visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/skills