One option you have is to work for yourself, either now or in the future after completing further education or training. In general, there are more agencies that offer business support, grants, money and loans to people aged over 18. Itís worth considering this when timing your entry to the world of small business!
One Agency which offers support to people aged 16-30 is Shell Livewire. Write to them at:
Design Works, Unit 15
Tyne and Wear
Tel: 0845 757 3252
They offer information and link you with a local adviser to help you develop a Business Plan.
A major source of support to 18-30 year olds is the business programme of The Princeís Trust, a charity which offers advice and finance. Contact The Trust at:
The Princeís Trust
1st Floor, South Wing
Tel: 0113 236 8399
Other starting points that can give you help are your local Business Link and the Connexions Centre which can help you identify other appropriate sources of finance and business advice.