Jobs: Young people to get cash help to start their own businesses

ANY young person between the ages of 18-24 with a viable business idea could be eligible for a new kind of start-up loan to get their venture off the ground.

Friday, 4th May 2012, 6:15 pm

The initiative aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with support and a small amount of capital to help them get started as well as access to training and business mentors.

The government is now inviting organisations and consortiums who can offer the right level of support to deliver the £10 million Start-up Loans for young people pilot scheme to bring forward their proposals.

Business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk said: “We want to give young people the best possible chance to start and grow their own enterprise. This scheme is not just providing a small amount of funding, but is about looking at the bigger picture and we want to be able to offer a full package of business training and mentoring.

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“We want providers to come forward and demonstrate how they will be best placed to deliver this exciting scheme. By encouraging more young people to get into business we will be able to boost their entrepreneurial spirit and help the future growth of the UK economy.”

An initial £10 million has been announced to provide capital for Start-up Loans that will help tens of thousands of young people take their first steps as entrepreneurs every year.

Stu Anderson, project director at Shell LiveWIRE said: “These loans offer the chance for many young people with little financial track record to access seed funding to get their ideas off the ground.

“There are thousands of young people with great ideas who find it hard to access funding because of this. This scheme not only offers a chance to finance an idea, but it also packages together support to ensure that they have they best possible chance of success in business.”

Full details of the scheme will be announced following the expressions of interest stage.

This year the government is running the Business in You campaign to encourage more people to start or grow their business. More information is available at

Expressions of interest are open until 12pm on Wednesday, May 9.