Business boost for students

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Sheffield College students who want to set up their own businesses are getting a helping hand from a new regional scheme.

The college has joined a new consortium that aims to kickstart 315 new businesses led by young people in Yorkshire and Humber. The Net315 group includes six further education colleges and other partners, and has received £12.2m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Heather Smith, executive director in charge of enterprise, said: “The Sheffield College has a strong reputation for delivering enterprise education and skills. This funding boost will enable the college to take even more students through the process of setting-up a business, from developing the initial idea to long-term survival.”

The ERDF funding is being used to develop enterprise support facilities and services for students studying a wide range of courses. The college has appointed three new business mentors and an enterprise start-up manager.

Five new business support centres at all campuses, known as enterprise gateways, are also being set up to encourage students to build their own businesses while they study. They will be based at Hillsborough College, Norton College, Peaks College, Sheffield City College and Olive Grove Engineering Centre.

For more information email Enterprise@sheffcol.ac.uk or call 0114 260 2600.