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Eastern Enterprise Hub launches new programme to find entrepreneurs in health and social care

29 November 2016

In a first of it’s kind in the county, Eastern Enterprise Hub is looking to find a set of budding entrepreneurs for a pilot health and social care programme this winter. 

Funded by Essex County Council, the “Inspiring Entrepreneur Programme for the Care Sector” course shines light on a new initiative to provide a wider range of high quality services in Essex, giving people more control and a personalised choice over their care.

Starting in January in Colchester, the free three-month course, will offer potential care sector entrepreneurs business development skills and techniques as they set up a new business. 

The course will help budding business owners develop their market offer through better understanding their potential clients’ journeys as they go through the care system.

Digby Chacksfield, CEO, Eastern Enterprise Hub, speaking at the launch of the programme said: “This is a new course for the Enterprise Hub. The new reality for the care sector is an increase of demand outpacing current business ability to provide care, which means that there is an opportunity for returning and new carers to set up and sustain business and micro enterprises. 

“Working with people in need of care to utilise personal budgets with new care businesses can provide a responsive and personalised care. We want to help people gain business knowledge, become more self-confident and be a part of a community of like-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs, impacting on the care sector”

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure said: “By 2030 there will be nearly 140,000 Essex residents needing care. Through the Inspiring Entrepreneur Programme we are supporting the development and growth of new local businesses in the sector which will help us to meet the growing needs of Essex residents in the future.”

The 12 day programme is targeted to various groups and individuals in the care sector including:

  • Registered nurses that have left the profession.
  • Individuals with care experience whom not been active in the sector.
  • Individuals looking to start their own business.
  • University care graduates.

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Led by an experienced Eastern Enterprise Hub facilitator in partnership with our expert business leaders, the ‘Inspiring Entrepreneur Programme for the Care Sector’ will offer a care sector focused action learning programme for up to 20 participants. 

Students will apply skills learnt from real life experiences and expertise of established business leaders such as Ashton Legal, Ensors Chartered Accountants as well as Adult Services commissioners. The programme is designed to run alongside the day-to-day tasks of setting up a care business.

To date the Eastern Enterprise Hub has supported nearly 1000 entrepreneurs in East Anglia with over 240 of them being Essex-based businesses.

By developing care sector entrepreneurs who are ready to participate and thrive in the new market conditions the programme will also produce advocates of care as a modern and fulfilling career.