In the current economic climate, it’s particularly
important that budding entrepreneurs are
given every possible chance of success –
especially in areas or sectors of society that are
particularly prone to deprivation.
That is why A4e is celebrating after last month
retaining the Northwest Regional Development
Agency (NWDA) Business Start-Up contract, aimed
at stimulating economic growth in the north-west
of England. A4e manages the consortium of
delivery partners who help new enterprises to get
off the ground.
Over the past two years, Business Start-Up has
helped set up more than 4,000 new businesses, and
hopes are high that the initiative will continue to
breathe new life into the region.
The NWDA leads the economic development and
regeneration of England’s north-west; as a business-
led organisation, it provides a crucial link between
the needs of business and government policies.
As such, a major responsibility for the agency is to
help create an environment in which businesses in
the region can flourish through offering business
support, encouraging new start-ups, matching skills
provision to employer needs and bringing business
investment into the region.
England’s north west is a vibrant region,
combining a dynamic business base with
cosmopolitan urban centres, breathtaking
landscapes and an internationally-recognised
creative and cultural scene. It boasts Manchester,
the largest media hub outside of London; Liverpool,
one of the world’s most famous waterfronts;
Giving a leg-up to businesses in the north-west
is helping new start-ups thrive – with much
of the credit rightly going to the Northwest
Regional Development Agency’s Business
Ann Winnery and her sister,
Helen Tomlinson, now have a
thriving garden centre thanks
to Business Start-Up.
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of its kind, according to Janet Houghton, Business
Start-Up project director. ‘We are obviously
delighted that its success ha