The future enterprise leaders urged to join club

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PEOPLE from the region who have a vision for a new enterprise are being invited to register with a new club.

The Yorkshire Enterprise Club (YEC) is a new Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) initiative for people for whom starting a business, either now or in the future, is a distinct possibility. The service goes live on Monday.

The YEC’s chairman, Gordon Millward, said: “The Yorkshire Enterprise Club represents a pioneering new partnership with the many established public and private-sector organisations across Yorkshire that already support the establishment and growth of start-up businesses.

“The UK’s economic survival depends on the abilities of a new generation of entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into commercial success. There is no plan B for the UK economy: we simply need more people to embark on the enterprise journey to create the wealth and jobs for future generations.”

He added: “The Yorkshire Enterprise Club will exist to champion the drive for an enterprise economy. It is time to ratchet-up the region’s support for start-up business.

“Our plan is to challenge and encourage more people to set up new businesses and to support those in the early stages of trading. The Yorkshire Enterprise Club is here to secure Yorkshire’s universal acceptance as the nation’s frontrunner in enterprise development and prove that the region is ripe for investment.”

The club’s goal is to provide ideas and encouragement to those in the pre-start phase, and help, support and give guidance to businesses in their first year of trading.

It says it hopes to “significantly reduce the cost of starting in business, simplify the process and improve the chances of success”.

Mr Millward added: “In Yorkshire we are blessed with some of the best business start-up training and support organisations available in the UK. We are not setting out in any way to replace or replicate that solid infrastructure; we aim to underpin their efforts and provide support for their services.

“We will work in collaboration with these organisations to reinforce their impact on the fledgling business community.”

Anyone with a business idea or in the early stages of trading is invited to register with the Yorkshire Enterprise Club at www.yorkshireenterpriseclub.org.uk

They can get access to a range of free and discounted services, get downloadable legal documents, attend networking meetings and events.