Initiatives are held up as best practice for Europe

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TWO Hampshire initiatives aimed at supporting entrepreneurship have been showcased across Europe.

Hampshire County Council is one of 12 organisation in Enspire EU, which aims to inspire people to take the first step and set up in business.

The £2m project sets out to establish why Europeans are less likely to become self-employed compared to Americans and some other nationalities.

It focuses on measures in Europe needed to change the situation and to support young people who are long-term unemployed, and people who are disabled to give them encouragement to think about self-employment as a realistic option.

The two projects showcased were the Community Action Hampshire and The Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs, which offers its students a comprehensive 35 week programme with expert sessions, action learning sets and visits to social enterprise projects, and Enham’s Business Ability scheme, which provides a free service to help people with disabilities throughout Hampshire start their own businesses.