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Project CompleteThe Enterprise Academy's 'Enterprise Oscars' took place on 25 January 2012. Over 700 pupils took part in the programme, working with 15 local businesses. The Enterprise Coaches assisted a total of 26 new business start ups and 66 existing businesses.WNF for this project ceased in March 2012, but NBV have secured European funding to deliver business start-up activity. Pre-start work will hopefully be undertaken by DNCC, subject to them securing ERDF.

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Case Study 1

Self-employed for around 7 months now, J has found LEO Enterprise Coach, Paul Hastings invaluable in providing the practical help he needed whilst setting up his Shirebrook business.

J was introduced to Paul at the point he was first looking for retail premises, he now puts his speedy arrival in his own premises firmly down to the help and support received from LEO.

“I’m completely new to business, so Paul’s help has been fantastic. He’s helped me understand and deal with things like trading standards, fire regulations and employing someone to help out - he’s really taken away a lot of the stress involved in starting up a business.”

“Me being me, I’d have got there eventually - but Paul has helped no end - he’s been brilliant, he’s not like the other business advisors I’ve come across, he’s really down to earth and friendly so we get on well”’

“Business is going exceedingly well,” said J. “I’ve got myself a shop already and will soon be running a gaming room in the back too.

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