Start-up firms in Lancashire get a hand

IDEAS: Priti Patel
IDEAS: Priti Patel
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Thousands of Lancashire businesses have been set up by unemployed people with the help of a Government scheme, new figures have shown.

The Department for Work and Pensions said 70,000 new businesses had been set up nationally.

The North West saw 10,610 firms start up – the fourth best in Britain.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “Through this (Enterprise Allowance) scheme, we’re helping to unlock the talent and entrepreneurialism of the great cities in the North and Central England, with these areas showing the highest number of jobseekers turning a big idea into a business.”