Budding entrepreneurs are being given a helping hand to pursue a path into self-employment.

East Durham Business Service (EDBS), based at Novus Business Centre, in Peterlee, is launching a programme to help people who want to run their own business.

There are 15 places available on the fully funded course, which is aimed at individuals on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Upon completion of the programme, participants will gain a nationally recognised Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Run Your Own Business.

Denise Fielding, operations director of EDBS, said: “This course is designed for people on JSA or ESA who may wish to start a business at some time in the future.

“We’ve secured funding for 15 people to take part in the programme, which will give participants a much better understanding of what it takes to run a business.

“These fully funded places are worth over £700 and are available on a first come, first served basis.”

East Durham Business Service offers support to people across the area who have a business idea they want to turn into a reality.

Denise added: “We’ll take you through a complete programme of learning, outlining all the key aspects of launching a business and what it takes to make a business successful.

“One-to-one business coaching sessions will also be available alongside the programme.”

The course will run over six weeks, each Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am – 4pm, from EDBS’ offices at Judson Road, starting from Tuesday, April 25.

Participants must be aged over 19-years-old and either be unemployed or economically inactive.

Call 0191 5863366 for more information or to secure a place.