A £1.45M project to increase business opportunities for people not in work has been boosted by a heart-warming success story.
David Shervill is the founder of the Portsmouth-based not-for-profit Global Music Visions, which offers blind, visually-impaired and disabled people music workshops.
He has spoken out about the help he was given in order to encourage other people to apply.
David, who is registered partially-sighted, went on a six-month social entrepreneurs course through Action Hampshire, then a one-year programme, graduating in September 2015.
He said: ‘Action Hampshire guided me through the minefield of information around legal structures, insurance policies and maintaining accurate financial records.
‘I also gained the confidence to speak in front of large groups of people, to share ideas and to help others in the group with their own project development.
‘The advice and support given by my mentor and learning facilitators has been invaluable and is ongoing.’
Inspiring Enterprise hopes to help at least 500 unemployed and disadvantaged people take steps to set up a business or improve their work readiness.
The two-year project, backed by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, is aimed at budding entrepreneurs in the M3 corridor area.
Not-for-profit business support company WSX Enterprise is managing the scheme and is partnered by Action Hampshire, Surrey Community Action, Fredericks Foundation and the University of Winchester.
The project offers advice and support through workshops, taster sessions, training and mentoring to unemployed people to achieve business creation. For more go to inspiringenterprise.org.uk or call 0800 140 4537.