Pilot project in Flintshire has seen 50 new businesses created
A SCHEME to help entrepreneurs take their first step on the ladder to success will be rolled out into Wrexham in the New Year, a group of business professionals will be told this week.
Already 50 young business people in Flintshire have started firms under the Welsh Government backed Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network – double the planned amount.
Spearheading the campaign is Askar Sheibani, one of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs and chair of Deeside Industrial Park Business Forum.
Mr Sheibani began his first business venture when he was just a child in Azerbaijan and went on to establish electronics giant Comtek, which now has a turnover of £12m.
He will be among the guest speakers at a meeting of the Wrexham Business Professionals Group.
The meeting at Wrexham’s Ramada Plaza on Friday November 8 will be attended by group members and their guests with the roll out of the scheme on the agenda.
He said: “Our aim was to help 20 entrepreneurs in 12 months, especially those from in the more challenging areas of the county, and mostly young.
“It has been highly successful and now 50 young individuals are in business, some as sole traders and others who aim to employ others.
“Some are already exporting via the internet and I can see that several of them have the ability to be really successful. We now want to roll it out to Wrexham, in the New Year, and I will be meeting with stakeholders to discuss taking this forward.”
He will be joined by Local Government minister Lesley Griffiths and Coleg Cambria Principal David Jones.