A pilot to encourage refugee entrepreneur programmes across the UK has been launched with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) with funding from the Home Office and The National Lottery Community Fund, the Immigration Minister announced today (Sunday 21 July).
The 1 year pilot jointly funded by the Home Office and The National Lottery Community Fund, will identify established local business support organisations to deliver tailored start-up programmes that will take refugees from idea stage to business launch.
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said:
The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those that need it and we are committed to making sure that refugees can successfully integrate to life in the UK.
This exciting new programme gives refugees the opportunity to build businesses, leading to further independence as they rebuild their lives in the UK.
We will continue to collaborate with civil society and businesses to ensure that we deliver the best possible support to those who choose to make this country their home.
Centre for Entrepreneurs chairman Oliver Pawle said:
We are grateful for support from the Home Office and the National Lottery Community Fund in helping us realise the vision we set out in our report last year.
This pilot is the first step in helping many more refugees rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship.