New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), a fund for jobseekers with a business idea, helped launch over 105,000 businesses

More than 105,000 businesses , 150 of which were in the Chorley constituency, have been launched with the support from the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), a fund available to jobseekers with a business idea.

There have also been 2,520 businesses launched across Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire.

Successful applicants get access to a business mentor, financial support for up to 6 months and may be able to apply for a loan of up to £25,000 to help with start-up costs.

The latest NEA figures show that the North West had the highest number of start-ups (16,090), followed by London (12,870) and Yorkshire and Humberside (11,590).

Minister for Employment Damian Hinds said:

As these latest figures show, thousands of people across the country have great business ideas, and are taking the steps to turn them into a reality.

The NEA provides the right mix of expert, tailored advice and support to people of all backgrounds which can be invaluable in the early days of starting a company.

The figures also show that of the individuals launching a business:

  • over two thirds were aged between 25 and 49
  • 24% were over the age of 50
  • 7% were aged between 18 and 24
  • 40% were women
  • 22% have a self-declared disability
  • 13% were from a black and minority ethnic background