Over 1,830 new businesses have been started by jobless benefit claimants in Sheffield and Leeds, according to new statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The figures reveal that in Yorkshire and the Humber 8,760 new businesses have been created using the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance since it was introduced in April 2011, contributing to a British total of more than 73,000 new start-ups.
There were 1,140 new businesses started in Sheffield and another 690 in Doncaster.
The NEA provides benefit claimants who have a solid business idea with financial support and a mentor.
Employment Minister, Priti Patel, said: “We want everyone in all parts of Britain to benefit from the opportunities being created by our growing economy. We are supporting people, regardless of their background or where they are from, who want to work hard and get on.
“This scheme helps claimants with a good business idea to become their own boss so they can support themselves and their families, and turn their lives around.”
The UK is rated as the best place in Europe and one of the best places in the world to start a business, however the Government wants to see more people from disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to turn their dream of being a boss into a reality.
The Government has launched a DWP-led review, carried out by entrepreneur and business woman, Michelle Mone, into how to support more people from these areas to set up their own business.
The NEA helps jobseekers, lone parents and people on sickness benefits with a good idea to set up their own business.