A temporary enterprise hub is to open in Great Yarmouth to support people who are self-employed or struggling to find work.
The pilot project will run through to the end of June 2022 offering self-employment support as businesses emerge from the furlough scheme and people are reassessing their career choices as a result, as well as reaching out to those who are under-employed and economically vulnerable or out of work.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is hoping to use the former Greenwoods store on the corner of Regent Road and King Street for the scheme, which is receiving £117,818 from the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF), with an additional £30,000 coming from the Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership.
Partners in the scheme include New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Menta, Nwes, East Suffolk Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
The LEP secured £2.2m from the UK Community Renewal Fund which is being used to deliver two pilot schemes through to June 2022 across Norfolk and Suffolk. Self-employment support will have a particular focus on disadvantaged communities and there is additional support being offered in East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth.
CRF projects are effectively short pilots for concepts that can be further developed under the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF).