WYCA to prove that business is for anyone and everyone

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s free training is set to prove anyone, from any age, background or skillset can start a business .

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (CA) – in collaboration with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Digital Remit – has recently launched a programme of free support to encourage residents to consider starting their own businesses.   

The scheme, which sits under the ‘Enterprise West Yorkshire’ umbrella of support, was created to spark further entrepreneurship throughout West Yorkshire and is the first of its kind to be offered at this career stage.  The three-year programme, funded through the £38 million per year secured through the Mayoral Devolution Deal in 2020, expects to offer support to 3000 people who are considering starting a business but feel daunted by the process or are unsure of where to start.   

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said:  “I strongly believe that anyone can start a business, at any age, from any background and with any skillset.  

“Through the Enterprise West Yorkshire programme, not only can we help people learn what it takes to start a business, we can help them realise if it’s even a career route for them. It’s about equipping people with the right guidance, networks, and resources to help them succeed and that’s exactly what we intend to do.  

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen many cases of people starting businesses, despite the pandemic, proving how resilient we are as a region. I encourage anyone who thinks starting a business might be for them to get in touch and join one of our free courses.” 

Those who take part in the programme benefit from the expertise of business consultancy company Digital Remit, who deliver five live workshops which take participants through the key considerations and decisions needed before starting a business. These workshops, along with access to pre-recorded content, informal networking events, radio shows, and an extensive list of other resources, provide participants with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the viability of their business ideas. 

Justin Jackson, Founder of Digital Remit said:  “As a business owner myself, I’m proud to support the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in preparing people to start their own businesses. 

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“By sharing our expertise, experiences, and networks with people across five workshops, our aim is for participants to be able to make a confident decision on whether they should start a business or not, without having to invest time and money into a career route they later find wasn’t for them. 

“We have already seen a great uptake of course participants and we look forward to hearing their aspirations and supporting them as they embark on a new venture.”  

By offering this free support, the Combined Authority aims to inspire people from across the region to consider alternatives to traditional 9-5 employment, particularly whilst the economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

Whilst there is currently a range of support available for established small businesses, this is the first course in the region to guide individuals through the very earliest stages of considering enterprise as a career or ‘side-hustle’ option. It is hoped that this will empower a greater number of people to successfully pursue entrepreneurial options and inject more life into the Leeds City Region’s economy. 

Participants can sign up for this free support by visiting: futuregoals.co.uk/startabusiness.
More information about Enterprise West Yorkshire and other West Yorkshire Combined Authority business support can be found at the-lep.com/business-support/start-up

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