June 12, 2012 www.kirkleesmarkets.co.uk
On the Eve of the Mary Portas inspired ‘Love Your Local Market’ initiative, Queensgate Market is hosting an Enterprise Fair in the Demonstration Zone on Friday 22 June from 11am – 2pm to help encourage new business start-ups.
The National ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign came about when Mary Portas was commissioned by the Government to put forward proposals for revitalising the High Street. In her report Mary made particular reference to the role of markets and acknowledged that markets can be a significant economic driver in achieving success. She also highlighted how markets can provide opportunities for new start businesses and encouraged establishment of a National Market Day to profile the role of markets.
Recognising that markets are held at different days and on a periodic basis and therefore there could not be one single National Market Day, the Markets industry extended it to the period of 23rd June – 8th July 2012.
Prior to starting to embark on test trading, Kirklees Council have organised the Enterprise Fair to equip new and potential businesses with plenty of advanced advice and support. The Fair brings together a range of support for people interested in starting their own business in Kirklees. Whether you have a business idea already or just know you want to work for yourself, the fair will offer support and advice.
Exhibitors on the day include:
HMRC who provide advice on all aspects of financial requirements for running a business as well as training in book-keeping and other financial courses. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
The Prince’s Trust which runs an Enterprise programme to support unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/
The West Yorkshire Homeworking Unit (WYHU) which works with people who are either doing paid work from home or are looking for such work. They explain how people can look for work to do from home, how to avoid fraudulent homeworking advertisements and cover health and safety issues. http://www.pers.org.uk/Homeworking.aspx
The West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency which offers practical support to help businesses start up, survive and grow. They encourage enterprise in the region by working with entrepreneurs, owner managers and management teams at all stages in their business development. http://www.wyea.co.uk/
Job Centre Plus who will have information on their New Enterprise Allowance. This may help you if you want to start your own business. If you’ve been getting Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least six months you could get a mentor and financial support to help set up your business. www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/
Kirklees Markets who will have information on renting stalls or leased premises for your business idea, including guidance on moving into retail as a market trader.
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said ‘Kirklees Council is committed to supporting the start-up and development of new businesses. We have lots of enterprising people and they just need a little support and guidance to get them started. The Enterprise Fair is a great way to get all this advice in one place and Queensgate Market is a great location for this event as our markets are the perfect place to start your business idea.’
Kirklees Markets will be offering a range of opportunities for people to trial their business ideas across the daily open markets in Kirklees from Saturday 30 June – Friday 7 July. Full details to be announced shortly.
For more information about the Enterprise Fair please contact Maria Cotton on 01484 223730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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