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Seacroft has a new centre to support local business in the area...
Residents in East Leeds are set to benefit from the latest centre to open in the city, intended to support local enterprise in the area and build confidence, prospects and skills amongst its users.
Rise incorporates a Catalyst Centre, and a training centre run by Leeds College of Building, and its opening will compliment existing business support sited in the city’s most deprived areas. Rise is situated next to East Leeds Family Learning Centre in Seacroft.
Rise incorporates pay-as-you-go office space, networking events and hands-on support for local people who are in the process of establishing businesses. It also houses a training facility managed by Leeds College of Building, who will offer construction courses in brickwork, construction and joinery, providing a pathway into employment for local people.
Rise’s Catalyst Centre, complements similar centres like Shine in Harehills, and Hillside in Beeston, and will supply people with the tools, services, support and the space they need, at the various stages of setting up a business.
At the pre start-up stage, mentoring and networking opportunities will help people to develop their ideas into workable business models, build up skills and confidence as well as a network around them. Access to basic equipment such as printers and the Internet at an early stage will also help potential business people manage their costs.
Sharing the Success (Leeds Local Enterprise Growth Initiative) has invested £1.5m into Rise. Simon Brereton, Programme Manager of Sharing the Success commented: "We're really pleased that this innovative scheme is opening its doors in Seacroft to make sure local people get the help and support they need to reach their potential. We know that there are many enterprising people in this area who are already turning unemployment into self-employment and many more who will really benefit opportunities to learn new skills now that Rise is right on their doorstep."
Rise is situated at Brooklands View, Seacroft, Leeds, LS14
last updated: 20/10/2008 at 15:29
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