Employed people with aspirations to work for themselves have sought advice to pursue their business dreams.

East Durham Business Service (EDBS), as part of the North East England Enterprise Agency (NEEAL) and the Enterprise Support in the North East 2 Programme, has hosted two drop-in sessions for people who are keen to become self-employed.

The sessions, which are being delivered by EDBS adviser Hina Joshi between 5pm and 7pm, have so far benefited two budding entrepreneurs, who are exploring the option of making the transition from employment to the independence of working for themselves.

Another session, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is planned for Tuesday, November 12, again between 5pm and 7pm to enable those people who work through the day to attend.

Hina said: “The purpose of these sessions is to accommodate employed people, who in the past have struggled to tap into the support we offer due to existing work commitments.

“The two people we have sat down with so far are very keen to pursue a path to self-employment, so we will be working with them over the coming weeks to see if we can help them turn their dream into a reality.

“We know there are so many enterprising people with ideas that, with the right help and guidance, could become successful businesses. The key is to make that help available at times that suit them, and hopefully after work will mean they’re more likely to come and see us.”

East Durham Business Service is the enterprise agency for the east of the County Durham area and provides support to people who are interested in working for themselves.

If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, email hina.joshi@edbs.co.uk, visit edbs.co.uk or call 0191 5863366.