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Charity helps over-50s in Durham and Chester-le-Street to start their own business
9:53am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
A CHARITY is to help over-50s in Durham and Chester-le-Street start their own business.
The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) is coming to the area for the first time.
The charity will host an interactive workshop at the North Road Methodist Church, in Durham, from 10am to noon on Tuesday, August 20, offering advice and mentoring help to develop budding enterprises.
The workshop will then be at the Chester-le-Street Community Association in the town’s Newcastle Road from 2pm to 4pm.
Figures provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) demonstrate that self-employment is gaining popularity with 14 per cent of the UK workforce (4.2 million) registered as self-employed - an increase of 367,000 in four years.
There are 20,200 self-employed workers registered in County Durham and PRIME promotes self-employment as a viable route into sustainable employment, which could be a possible alternative for the area’s 3,800 unemployed over- 50s.
Around 40 people from Durham and Chester-le-Street have contacted PRIME for help in setting up a business and the one-day workshop will help people over the age of 50 decide whether self-employment is the right option for them, covering issues such as the benefits of starting a business and how to develop a business idea.
Terry King, PRIME’s northern development manager, said: “The number of unemployed over-50s is steadily rising, which is worrying as people are living longer and need to continue working, all in the context of a tough job market.
“At PRIME we believe that there is an alternative for those who think there is no hope in the job market and that is self-employment.
“We are excited to be coming to Durham and Chester-le-Street for the first time.”
For further details visit www.prime.org.uk/courses or contact 0845 862 2023.
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