Enterprise mentor wins top award

NDET 21-6-12 MC 2'Paul Davies receives a mentoring award.

NDET 21-6-12 MC 2'Paul Davies receives a mentoring award.

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A SUCCESSFUL business mentor who has been running a scheme to get people back into work and to start their own businesses has received a prestigious honour.

Enterprise adviser Paul Davies, of Clowne Enterprise Centre, was awarded the Business in the Community charity’s Mentor of the Year Award because of his work on the Derbyshire New Enterprise Allowance Programme based at Loundsley Green Community Centre.

Mr Davies said: “It’s a great privilege to be able to help people in this way. Seeing them start their own businesses is a reward in itself.

“Though this honour is a very welcome piece of external recognition for all the work we are doing at the centre.”

The NEA project was launched at Loundsley Green Community Centre in October with free enterprise coaching and has helped 68 people and 20 of them have now started their own businesses.

Those who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for six to 12 months can be referred to the project and it provides volunteer mentor and financial support to unemployed people who want to become self-employed.

The NEA scheme pays a weekly amount to candidates in the first six months of trading and makes a £1,000 loan available.

The Clowne Enterprise Centre, which has received financial support from the European Social Fund, provides a similar service but the NEA project has been primarily based at Loundsley Green. Mr Davies was presented with his award during a ceremony at The Roundhouse, in Derby, this month.