Entrepreneurs on the rise in Gloucester
More than 100 people interested in starting up their own businesses have attended courses in Gloucester over the past 12 months.
The free courses are organised by the city council's Economic Development Team and are designed to provide a wide range of information covering everything from business planning, to finance and marketing.
City council leader Paul James said: "Over the past two years more than 300 businesses have started up, expanded or relocated to Gloucester. We know that a number of these have been people who have attended our 'start up' courses.
"These courses are coupled with a £120,000 package of financial help which can include contributions towards business rent or rates or property improvements.
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"We have also improved our partnership arrangements with a variety of outside bodies and organisations. So people coming to us for help and advice can be assured they are getting a comprehensive package.
"Together these measures are making a real difference. Gloucester is proving that we are the place to be for businesses both large and small."
A report from Duport Associates Ltd shows a record number of company formations in Gloucester at the start of the year.
The report says: "The increase in UK company share suggests Gloucester is becoming more important to the national economy and the record number of company formations in January and February shows the entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing."
For help and advice from the Economic Development Team contact email@example.com or call 01452 396396.