ERSA welcomes the statistics published today which show that more than 80,830 new business start-ups have resulted from the support available under the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme since 2011. The flexibility of starting your own business can make it a positive option for a range of people. Of those who have started a business under the scheme, 37% were  women, 24% were by people aged over 50 and 20% were by people with a disability.

ERSA Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh, said:

“It is fantastic news that over 80,000 people, who were once unemployed, are now running their own business as a result of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme, delivered by number of providers in ERSA’s membership.

“Business creation can a good option for those who may require more flexibility in their work, due to caring responsibilities or a disability, but it can seem daunting at the start. It’s great to see how the support offered by employment support providers delivering the New Enterprise Allowance is helping make a real difference to thousands of people’s lives.”