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Nwes helped to start 42 new businesses in King's Lynn area during past year

We often see big companies making big headlines. However companies that employ less than 50 people make up over 99 per cent of the UK business population.

In fact according to the Government's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, of these 5.9m businesses, a massive 4.5m only employ one person – the owner. This army of hard working entrepreneurs don’t often make the headlines but they contribute hugely to our economy.

If you’ve thought of joining them but you’re wondering where to start, maybe Nwes can help as indeed Martyna Collins discovered last year. Martyna has now set up her vintage clothing business and is now growing the business sourcing and selling iconic clothing from the past.

Paul Gardner, of Nwes.. (30306036)
Paul Gardner, of Nwes.. (30306036)

Using digital platforms such as Esty and Facebook she has sold items around the country, even Germany, and regularly attends vintage fairs and markets.

Martyna came along to our free First Steps to Start Up workshop, which is fully funded through the New Anglia Business Support Programme. This now runs every three weeks at KLIC in Lynn and covers the key areas of starting a new business or going self employed.

She said: “I got loads of advice and help and learnt about things I hadn’t thought of that help me set up the business. I found the market research help really useful and now I have a business plan that I can go back to that helps me keep things on track”.

In the Lynn area alone, last year Nwes helped start 42 new businesses creating 44 new jobs. Of these, 14 received financial support totalling £179,000 through the Start Up Loan scheme, a Government initiative which Nwes delivers locally to help new entrepreneurs access finance to start a new business.

To find out more and book your free place visit www.nwes.org.uk/events or call Charlotte or Zoe on 01553 970029 – maybe you can be running your own business in 2020?

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