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REC backs Chance to Change and Entrepreneurship

REC backs Chance to Change and Entrepreneurship

Having highlighted the need to build on the increasing co-operation between local Jobcentres and private sector agencies, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is now lending its support to an event aimed at those people who are looking to self-employment or starting a new venture as an alternative to finding employment.

Chance to Change will offer people across the North East the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial potential and hear from those who have already been through the experience and overcome the challenges faced by anyone looking to set up a new business.

Organised by the Entrepreneurs Forum and funded by One North East, Chance to Change is on February 22nd at Newcastle Civic Centre from 3pm to 8pm.

Kelly Adamson, REC regional director, has first hand experience, In 2006 I was made redundant and I saw it as an opportunity to realise a dream of creating a value adding recruitment company, Adept Professional Services.

Jobseekers should consider all possible options when looking for work. Losing your job can be a major hit to your confidence but it could also be an opportunity to do what you always wanted to do. It is important to recognise that with a finite number of jobs out there, entrepreneurship is a valuable path back into employment.

We have a responsibility to support our candidates, whichever path they may choose. Looking longer term, many might create sustained employment opportunities and need the services of recruitment agencies in the future. Ultimately, its about supporting all efforts to develop the regions economy.

During three stimulating one hour sessions, delegates at Chance to Change will have the opportunity to reflect on their own situation and understand how to maximise their opportunities and overcome the barriers and challenges. A workbook is being produced to guide delegates through key areas including networking and support, confidence and motivation, and ideas and finance. It will also include details of the many organisations across the North East offering help, advice and support to anyone looking to start their own venture.

Carole Beverley, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs Forum, said, Chance to Change comes at a time when the North Easts momentum is heading in the right direction. The region saw the number of VAT / PAYE registrations increase last year when figures for the UK as a whole dropped. And last weeks PMI report showed that the region has stronger growth in terms of output and new order than the UK average.

We need to build on these positives. Whilst lots of the best things that happen in life, happen by chance, youve got to embrace opportunities as they come along and make the most of them. This event could be the opportunity many need to kick start their ideas and meet people who can help to make them a reality.

To register for the conference visit, call 0870 850 2233 or email


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