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Housing partners grant residents a business start up

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Published by Mark Sibson for Grand Union Housing Group in Housing

Picture shows: The participants of Strive with David Leathley, DDH Tenant Board Director, Hayley Davies, DDH Executive Director, Paul Calland, SNH Managing Director and Alan Humphreys, Grand Union Housing Group Chief Executive. Picture shows: The participants of Strive with David Leathley, DDH Tenant Board Director, Hayley Davies, DDH Executive Director, Paul Calland, SNH Managing Director and Alan Humphreys, Grand Union Housing Group Chief Executive.

Local social housing providers in Northamptonshire have donated over £6000 to give residents an opportunity to help them start up their own businesses.

South Northants Homes (SNH) has been working in partnership with fellow housing association Daventry & District Housing (DDH) to offer residents in both districts an exciting programme called “Strive”. 

Strive, which was delivered by The Enterprise CUBE over 12 weeks, is a business start up course aimed specifically at tenants who would like to work for themselves, but also helps those who have started their business and need a helping hand to ensure it is a success.

SNH Community Development Manager, Becky Pavey, said: “The course has been fantastic and we have seen some great ideas. It’s been great to see people come in with an idea and watch it grow into something that could really work as a business.

“Everyone that has taken part has been able to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and expertise that SNH, DDH and Enterprise CUBE have to offer.”

At the final Strive session, 17 entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel in the style of Dragon’s Den. Following this, grants ranging from £300 to £1000 were handed out.

One participant, Alex Richardson, pitched a business plan for his gardening business. He said: “I’d already thought about setting up my own business. I’d even discussed it with a friend, but this programme just kind of fell into place at the right time. It was fate.

“I was asked if I wanted to attend it on my 21st birthday, so it was a great present. It’s been fantastic. I didn’t know what I needed to do to set up my own business and they have helped me through it, step by step.”

The Enterprise CUBE is a social enterprise set up to work to help disadvantaged people, particularly the unemployed, to use their skills and passion to start their own businesses or social enterprise ventures. 

Ciara McMillan, Community & Partnership Manager at DDH, said: “The Strive programme has been an incredible opportunity for local people to improve their career prospects and develop their aspirations of working for themselves.

“Schemes like Strive are so important because ultimately they help to boost business and jobs in the local area.”

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