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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

New Enterprise Allowance helping people in Sittingbourne and Sheppey to get off benefits and start their own business

19th June 2014
New Enterprise Allowance helping people in Sittingbourne and Sheppey
to get off benefits and start their own business

Gordon Henderson MP has welcomed new figures showing that 40 people in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business – has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.

The support available to people starts with help from a business mentor to develop their business idea. Then, once they have got the business up and running, and have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.

Mr Henderson said:

“It’s excellent news that 40 people in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have been helped to get off benefits and to realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss. Small businesses are a hugely important part of our community and vital to local jobs.

“That’s why supporting small businesses is an important part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. There’s more to do, but these figures show that our support is helping people to get off benefits and running their own business, giving them the promise of a better and brighter future. And each new job these businesses create is another family in Sittingbourne and Sheppey with the security of a regular pay packet.

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