New funding boost to help unemployed back into business

More unemployed people in Surrey will be able to benefit from free support to start their own business, thanks to a £1.4 million funding boost to the Inspiring Enterprise project.

Further funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund will enable Surrey Community Action – together with partners WSX Enterprise, Action Hampshire, The University of Winchester and Fredericks Foundation – to continue to help unemployed people and people ‘not in work’, such as students and carers, to start their own business or social enterprise, find a job or enrol on a training course in order to find employment. To date the project has helped over 600 people in west Surrey and Hampshire.

The project works closely with job centres, charities and community groups to make people aware of the benefits of becoming self-employed. It provides 1 to 1 business advice and mentoring, training courses, networking activities and workshops to help participants get their business off the ground. To be eligible for support, participants must not be in paid work when they join the project.

Sarah McCann, Surrey Community Action’s Inspiring Enterprise Project Officer says: “Becoming self-employed can be quite overwhelming, but we’ve been able to help local people to transform their dream into a business. This additional funding will enable us to continue to give practical advice and support to help more budding entrepreneurs. If you are currently not employed and have an idea for a business you’d like to develop further then we’d love to hear from you.”

For more information, contact Surrey Community Action’s Inspiring Enterprise Project Officer, Sarah McCann on 01483 447140 or email

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