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Free business start-up course for over 50s

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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OVER fifties who want to start their own enterprise can attend a free business start-up course in Truro to learn the basics and test out their idea.

The three-day course is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence programme. It targets out-of-work people aged over 50 who are thinking of changing direction by starting their own businesses or social enterprise.

Course leader Sylvia Berry said: "This project acknowledges that people aged over 50 have a mine of ideas and talents that can lead to success in self-employment.

"These courses are aimed to offer support when people have a germ of an idea and are wondering whether or not it would work in the business world."

The sessions at Truro Library on February 26 and 27 and March 1 will include basic financial planning, marketing and advice on how to develop a venture, plus an evaluation of each business idea. To book a free place, contact Sylvia Berry on 01579 340718.

The pilot project – called Roots and Wings – is organised by the Cornwall Works 50+ programme and Cornwall Rural Community Council.

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