Business pilot supports over 50’s

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Courses to help people who are aged over 50 and out of work set up their own small business or social enterprise are being launched in Cornwall.

Roots and Wings is a pilot project supported by ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence via Cornwall Works 50+ and headed by CRCC (Cornwall Rural Community Council). It aims to support people who are at the very start of a new business concept and complements other provision available within Cornwall.

Sylvia Berry is leading the courses. She said, “This project acknowledges that people aged over 50 have a mine of ideas and talents that can lead to success in self employment. These courses are aimed to offer support when people have a germ of an idea and are wondering whether or not it would work in the business world.”

Social enterprises are companies where all profit goes back into the business. The courses will include evaluation and testing of each person’s idea, basic financial planning and marketing and learning how to develop and sustain a venture.

The first, three-day, fully funded course will be held in Liskeard (Lops Building, Heathlands Road) on February 19, 20 and 21. The second will be in Truro (Truro Library) on February 26 and 27 and March 1.

Places are limited to 30 and anyone interested can contact Mrs Berry on 01579 340718.