More than 1,200 small businesses have been established and nearly 4,000 jobs created with support from Bradford Council’s enterprise scheme Kickstart.
A four-year review of the service published today highlights the achievements of the programme since it was launched in 2006.
It shows how Kickstart, one of 20 LEGI (Local Enterprise Growth Initiative) schemes in the UK, has worked directly with 1,219 start-up companies as well giving guidance to more than 3,200 established firms looking to expand.
Advisers have provided expert help on topics such as business planning, cash flow, finding suitable premises and bookkeeping. Professional services support has helped companies with marketing and short-term loans have been provided when banking facilities have been reduced.
Kickstart has also worked closely with schools, colleges and universities to foster an enterprise culture within the district and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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