Business 'scholar' starts up in market

AN enterprising initiative has enabled a Barnstaple man to start up his own business and add a new stall to the Pannier Market. George Reynolds has graduated from the New Entrepreneur Scholarship, a free programme run locally by the North Devon Enterprise

AN enterprising initiative has enabled a Barnstaple man to start up his own business and add a new stall to the Pannier Market.George Reynolds has graduated from the New Entrepreneur Scholarship, a free programme run locally by the North Devon Enterprise Agency.With the business help, advice and grant support provided, he has set up I Want... which offers a large selection of themed party goods such as balloons, plates, hats, napkins, cups and more, together with a range of inexpensive "pocket money" toys.The 25-year-old launched his new business at Barnstaple Pannier Market yesterday (Tuesday) and will be back again Friday and Saturday. The three-month scholarship scheme works to help people in disadvantaged areas set up in business. It includes a minimum of 90 hours of advice from an accredited business adviser. At the end the participant will have completed a business plan and gained skills and know-how to enable them to start, together with a clear action plan on how the business will progress. A regional panel can help access funding of up to £1,500 to help with start-up costs."I had wanted to set up my own business, but I doubt it would have been possible without the scholarship," said George.The programme is expected to run again in September. Anyone interested in taking part is invited to call Lorraine at ND Enterprise Agency on (01237) 426416 to see if they are eligible.


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