Budding entrepreneurs across North Lanarkshire can access free business development assistance from new support hub E3.
The service, which has walk-in hubs based at Cumbernauld and Shotts, provides a range of support and advice for those looking to start or expand their businesses.
It includes “give it a go” grants of up to £ 300 for anyone aged 16 to 30; as well as help with digital and social media.
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Among those benefiting so far is Rebecca Brain, who used the hub’s Maybe Solutions platform to enhance the online presence of her skincare products enterprise, Temple de Luna.
She used her e-learning videos to unlock £ 2600 of social media advertising vouchers, boosting her customer base, and learned how to use scheduling to promote her products at the best times while combining enterprise with her full-time work as a carer.
Rebecca has also been able to attend networking events and has been referred to Business Gateway to look into grant funding and further digital training.
E3 is a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council and Elevator and is funded by the UK government community renewal fund.
It also has community hubs in neighboring South Lanarkshire, at Blantyre and Lanark, plus a mobile hub which visits rural communities.
More information is available at www.e3hub.org or by visiting the North Lanarkshire centers at Muirfield Center in Cumbernauld or Shottskirk Road in Shotts.
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