New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show 120 people in Dover and Deal have been helped off benefits to start their own business under the Government's Enterprise Allowance scheme since April 2011.
The allowance, which helps people on out of work benefits to start their own businesses, has helped 73,000 people across the country set up their own business since it was introduced in April 2011.
The scheme supports people with ideas for a business by setting them up with a business mentor to help them develop their business idea. Once their business is up and running and they are no longer receiving out of work benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support to help them build their business. 260 people in Dover and Deal have started consulting with a business mentor under the scheme since it was introduced.
It is great news that so many people in Dover and Deal have been helped off benefits to start their own business under the Enterprise Allowance scheme. These figures show that not only have 120 people in our area come off of out-of-work benefits, but they have started businesses that create more jobs that will help yet more people into work. Small businesses are vital to our local economy, creating more jobs and money for our area. However, there is still more to do. I will continue to fight for more opportunities and a brighter economic future for Dover and Deal.
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