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Eco-hub facility in Southend-on-Sea

From Jane Dolby at Southend YMCA

Setting up your own environmentally-friendly business can be challenging enough, but in a tough economic climate, and little experience, success can be even harder to achieve.

However, with the help of the Southend YMCA, young, disadvantaged entrepreneurs will be given a fighting chance, thanks to the conversion of a dilapidated building into a brand new eco-hub facility providing affordable workspace, meeting rooms and conference facilities.
Commenting on how the idea was conceived, Syrie Cox, chief executive officer, Southend YMCA, explained: “We support around 500 marginalised young people and we wanted to provide the option of starting a business as a way of helping them progress towards independence and greater inclusivity.”

With on-site support and access to mainstream business networks, the project will deliver five affordable and managed workspace units for young entrepreneurs to develop eco-efficient enterprises.
The whole project is set to cost in the region of £768,000 and will enable 90 small and medium-sized businesses to adopt an active environmental policy. It will create 16 jobs including a new eco-hub manager.

Young entrepreneurs interested in finding out more about using this facility, should contact Southend YMCA on 01702 301301

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