New network launches help packages

ONE of Huntingdonshire s newest business networking groups is set to launch new packages of help for people setting up their own businesses and looking forward from redundancy. Starting a business alone is never easy, particularly in the current economic

ONE of Huntingdonshire's newest business networking groups is set to launch new packages of help for people setting up their own businesses and looking forward from redundancy.

Starting a business alone is never easy, particularly in the current economic climate, where few companies are actively seeking growth. The O4RB network will launch a new package for those looking to start their own business, at its next meeting at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester on Friday October 30.

The 'Business Start-up Service' is proclaimed as a one-stop shop for all new business needs. The package will support a new business venture from the first 'eureka' moment through to acquiring premises and doing business with its first customers, the network said.

O4RB is offering to organise all registration fees, set up a website domain name, communications support, free business consultations and financial advice with member companies, and low-cost premises in crucial business locations. Once the business is off the ground, all the O4RB tools can be used to gain opportunities for the business.


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Also launched at the event will be a 'Fresh Start' package aimed at people facing redundancy, including guidance on retraining with partners of the network, most notably Huntingdonshire Regional Collage, at discounted rates for members, as well as advice on available funding.

As a starting point, O4RB is offering a free re-training assessment that may give candidates new ideas on what to do next or reinforce ideas they may have already had. A number of courses are available, from basic redundancy courses to more specialized options.

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Candidates will also be able to develop close links with employers already in the network, who can offer support, advice and motivation from their own experiences.

The network will also be announcing its support for the Huntingdon, Cambridge and Peterborough Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre as its chosen charity. The centre, in Huntingdon, has been at the present purpose-built Mayfield Road site since 2002. It is an independent charity, entirely dependent on donations and fundraising. It also lets out conference rooms to businesses and has many facilities and is ideal for small businesses.

The support will begin with a donation of 10 per cent of all membership money, which will be accepted by Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, as patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Centre.

The organisation will also be supporting Young Enterprise, the business educational charity that has a credible record in developing entrepreneurial activity among secondary school pupils after they leave education.

INFORMATION: More on the Network or the event ON www.o4rb.com

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