FENLAND: The link to success

PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Fenland @ Your service shop manager Sue savage with one of the new DVD shows

Fenland @ Your service shop manager Sue savage with one of the new DVD shows

STARTING your own business during a global financial crisis would be seen by many as huge gamble. But Fenland District Council has teamed up with the Government organisation Business Link to promote the option of becoming self-employed to people made redu

STARTING your own business during a global financial crisis would be seen by many as huge gamble.

But Fenland District Council has teamed up with the Government organisation Business Link to promote the option of becoming self-employed to people made redundant during the credit crunch.

A council spokesman said: "We are not saying people should go out and start their own business, but giving them the chance to explore the option - it's something some people may never have considered."

Large plasma screens have been installed at the council's four Fenland @ your service shops, in March, Chatteris, Wisbech and Whittlesey to show a DVD providing information about Business Link.

The screens will be used throughout the year to provide a programme of information on the services of the council and its partners.

Business Link partnership director for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Steve Clarke, said: "Our partnership with Fenland District Council is particularly important because the people who are laid off in ones and twos from small companies often fall through the support net."

Leader of the council, Geoffrey Harper, CBE, said: "These screens will provide local people with interesting and supportive information and advice throughout the year, but they are particularly valuable at this time in helping people who have been made redundant as a result of the credit crunch."

Business Link has reported that more than one third of calls into its information centre are from people thinking about starting a business, with redundancy, or the threat of being laid off, being one of the top motivations cited from those considering self-employment.

For more about Business Link telephone 0845 7171615 or visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/east


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