Thursday, 24 September 2021 09:22

6,900 jobless Scots helped to start their own business

Official statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions show that 6,900 new businesses in Scotland have been created by unemployed benefit claimants using the UK Government’s New Enterprise Allowance.

The scheme was introduced in April 2011, and has since aided in the launch of more than 73,000 start-ups across the UK, by helping those with a solid business idea find financial support and a business mentor.

In Scotland, the top five local authorities for start-up creation were Glasgow (1,090), Fife (630), Edinburgh (600), South Lanarkshire (560) and North Lanarkshire (470).

Employment Minister, Priti Patel, said: “We want everyone in all parts of Britain to benefit from the opportunities being created by our growing economy. We are supporting people, regardless of their background or where they are from, who want to work hard and get on.

“This scheme helps claimants with a good business idea to become their own boss so they can support themselves and their families, and turn their lives around.”

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