Extra help for young entrepreneurs

Thousands more young entrepreneurs are now eligible for government loans to help turn their business ideas into reality.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 3 January that funding for the government’s Start-Up loans scheme would be increased by £30 million to £110 million over three years.

The scheme, previously open to 18 to 24-year-olds, has also been opened up to more young entrepreneurs, with the upper age limit raised to 30.

Start-Up Loans provide range of support to get business ideas off the ground, including access to a business mentor as well as funding in the region of £2,500.

When their business plan is robust and approved, applicants are able to access the financial support, with a repayment period of up to five years.

The first wave of funding was released in September 2012 and more than £1.5 million worth of loans have already been approved, helping over 460 new businesses get off the ground. Around 100 more new businesses a week were expected to reach approval stage in January 2013.

Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched to encourage employers to help 18-24 year-olds into work and receive hundreds of pounds in wage incentives.

These give employers hundreds of pounds when they take on a young person who has been unemployed for more than six months through the Work Programme or Jobcentre Plus as part of the £1 billion Youth Contract initiative.

Minister for Employment Mark Hoban told employers:We’ve got up to £2,275 of cash sitting on the table waiting for you to take it up. So take on a young person who’s been out of work for six months, and the cash is yours.

“There really is no better time to change a young person’s life and invest in the future of your business at the same time, so snap up the money before someone else beats you to it.”

Link: Start-Up Loans

Link: Youth Contract

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