N.D.C. A New Deal for Burngreave. Issue 30, April 2003Issue 32 - June 2003

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The contents of these pages are prepared by the New Deal executive team.

Supporting business in Burngreave

Business in Burngreave should soon be on the up, thanks to the appointment of Saghir Ahmed as the area’s new Business and Enterprise Champion. Saghir takes up his new post at the beginning of June and his role will be to encourage entrepreneurship and provide practical support and advice to small businesses, sole traders, and local residents who want to get their own business started.

Although he lives in Sheffield, Saghir’s most recent job was as a Business Adviser in Huddersfield, where he provided one to one business support and counselling to clients wanting to get started in self-employment.

The appointment is part of a two-year initiative – the Burngreave Creating Enterprise, Supporting Business project funded by BNDfC – which will provide practical advice and support to remove the barriers that prevent residents from taking the risk of starting up in self employment, and tackle the problems facing the area’s businesses, such as isolation, lack of focused support from mainstream support agencies, a low rate of business start-ups, and a focus on survival rather than growth.

Sheffield Business Broker John Barber, of Business in the Community, which is working with BNDfC to deliver the project, said that he was delighted with Saghir’s appointment:

“Saghir is an experienced business counsellor who has a strong background in offering support to people wanting to set up their own businesses and work for themselves. We’re really pleased to welcome him as Burngreave’s first Business and Enterprise Champion and are confident that he will help to make a major difference to business development in the area.”

The new project will be based in the heart of Burngreave and Saghir will be joined by administrator Stacey Givans who will be providing essential support in what promises to be a very busy role.