Julian has welcomed new figures showing that 180 people in the constituency have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
The allowance, which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business, has helped more than 46,000 people across the country to set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.
The support available to people includes help from a business mentor to develop their business idea and, once they have started-up, 26 weeks of financial support.
“It is excellent news that 180 people in Skipton and Ripon have been supported off benefits and started their own business. Small businesses, and the entrepreneurial spirit, are hugely important in our community and vital for the future of our economy.
“Supporting growing companies is part of the Conservative Party’s long-term economic plan. There is more to do, but the figures on the New Enterprise Allowance figures are encouraging and demonstrate we are moving in the right direction.”