The government has revealed that the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) has helped over 200 new businesses launch each week.
Welcoming these figures, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is calling on the government to extend and promote the scheme better.
IPSE’s Public Affairs Manager and author of ‘Making self-employment work for disabled people’, Jonathan Lima-Matthews, explained, “The NEA is one of the most important tools in the armoury of a person starting out in self-employment. It is excellent to see so many people across the UK making use of it.
“Self-employment is a liberating choice for many groups who might not otherwise fit into the confines of a standard 9-5 office job – including disabled people and older workers. These figures show just how important the NEA is for these groups.