COMMUNITY residents who feel a great passion about starting their own business have been given vital support to help turn their dream in to a reality.
My Business – My Future was a day-long business skills workshop held at the Community Church, Melbourne Road, Blacon on Saturday.
Residents of the Chester suburb were given the chance to share their prospective business ideas while gaining advice and support from experts.
The experts talked through ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere during the event.
Chris Leicester, newly appointed social enterprise manager for Blacon, organised the event and hoped it would encourage as many residents as possible to get involved.
The event fell in line with the growing emphasis on expanding businesses in Blacon.
Chris said one of the many ambitions from an enterprise perspective is for Blacon to grow in business stature and develop opportunities, so businesses on the estate can provide a wide range of services locally and to the wider Chester community.
Such opportunities will be supported with the completion of the new enterprise centre in 2015, at the Parade in Blacon which is currently undergoing an £18m redevelopment.
As well as the enterprise centre, the development will include a state-of-the art health centre, new housing, and improved shopping facilities as the area undergoes a transformation.
The enterprise centre will enable residents to receive expert advice and guidance and will forge links with businesses across the area.
With such exciting opportunities in the making, Chris believes barriers can be broken down for people who want to start their own business but may lack in confidence.
“One of the biggest barriers to people staring their own business is confidence,” said Chris, who said people may have doubts about making a success of their business so were encouraged to attend the enterprise open day.
“The message, importantly is that goals can be reached with the right guidance and advice,” added Chris.
“Many people have great ideas for a business but are not always sure if it will work – or they don’t know who to speak to see if it might.”
Chris, who is originally from Sheffield, has a wealth of experience in the field having served as a business investment manager for the former Cheshire County Council for 17 years.
For further information contact Chris Leicester, social enterprise manager, 01244 972296 or 07557 160244 or email chris.leicester@sanctuary-housing .co.uk.
Alternatively can call into the office at Avenue Services, 72 Hatton Road, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5EE.