Northwest Regional Development Agency

Angel Of The North

North West start-ups receive additional support

The Government has provided £35 million of funding to establish more business support for start–ups in the north west of England. From April this year, the Business Start Up programme will offer a package of business support, training and advice, aimed at increasing the survival rate of start–ups in the region. The business support will be administered through Business Link Northwest. Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) spokesman Neil Roscoe said: “There will be more intensive support available, and we aim to reach more businesses with the new programme,” As part of the plans, targeted support will be available for female entrepreneurs, over–50s, black and minority ethnic, disabled and social entrepreneurs. Commenting on the initiative, Business... »

Ethnic Minority

Northwest Ethnic Minority business awards open for entries

Black and minority ethnic (BME) entrepreneurs from north west England can compete to have their achievements recognised in a new competition launched by Ethnic Minority Business Forum North West. The Northwest Ethnic Minority Business Awards will recognise the contribution made by BME individuals to the regional economy. The organisers also hope to inspire more members of BME communities to start their own businesses. The award categories include: the Rising Star award, Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Achievement in International Business, Social Enterprise of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Northwest Business of the Year. According to Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) chief executive Steve Broomhead, winners of the awards will raise their profile in the region. &ld... »