Leeds Media Centre celebrates opening of new business hub

The organisation based in Chapeltown is set to host a series of enterprise themed events next week to mark the occasion and encourage young people looking to break into the industry.

Research published in SME Magazine shows six in 10 young adults plan to be their own boss by the age of 30, suggesting that the launch of a new business hub in Leeds couldn’t have come at a better time.

To celebrate the hub’s grand opening, on Monday 13th May the launch of Steps to Business is kicking off a week of enterprise themed events. The scheme is a start-up training programme aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-25 who will be linked up with access to investors and business advisers.

On Wednesday 15th, Enterprise Takeover Day will be happening – an informal event offering a one-stop shop for all business support needs from industry experts across West Yorkshire.

Commenting on the news, Adrian Green, Unity Enterprise Manager, said: ‘We are excited to be hosting such an impressive line-up of activities over the course of five days, each with entrepreneurship at its heart.

‘Steps to Business will use non-conventional training methods to help those taking part realise their dreams.  The launch event on Monday is free to attend and we are expecting lots of foot fall from noon until 4pm when it concludes.

‘We are also hugely grateful to AD:VENTURE for organising the Enterprise Day on Wednesday which, again, is free entry for all.’

Leeds Media Centre is one of three business groups operated by Unity Enterprise, the not-for-profit subsidiary company of BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise, and it recently underwent a £1.8m refurbishment in partnership with Leeds City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive, said: ‘Leeds Media Centre is already a hive of entrepreneurial activity.  The new business hub will enable it to play an even greater role in empowering local people to succeed in business.

‘Creating and improving life chances is at the heart of everything we do.  Starting and growing a sustainable business can be the key that unlocks doors to social and economic progression in vibrant neighbourhoods.

‘As a BME housing association with our roots firmly in the local communities we serve, we know that the entrepreneurial talent is out there.  We will continue to do everything we can to find and nurture it.’

Image: Leeds Media Centre

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