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Business: Leeds

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage young people to obtain support from small business start-up schemes in Leeds North West constituency. (309384)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is taking proactive steps to promote small business start-up schemes to young people across the UK. BIS has recently funded initiatives, such as, “Flying Start”—Make It Happen (MIH) aimed at unemployed graduates, Enterprise UK; “Make Your Mark” campaign aimed at young people between 14 and 19 years, and supports the work of the Prince's Trust, aimed at unemployed young people—particularly in the most deprived areas.

With local chambers and further education colleges, Yorkshire Forward has run a range of enterprise initiatives for young people, such as The Young Peoples' Enterprise Forum and their Graduate Enterprise Programme. In addition, Business Link—BIS's main gateway to support for new and established businesses run by people of all ages—works closely with Yorkshire Forward, the Prince's Trust and Young Enterprise to ensure young people get the support they need to start their own business.