In the first issue this year (volume 8, issue 1), Network profiled self‐employment support programmes offered by Business Ability and East Lancs into Employment. In this, the final issue of the year, we look at another self‐employment scheme, operated by West Norfolk MIND ‐ one that demonstrates how much can be achieved by seizing local opportunities, despite quite limited resources. Hopefully, the new Phoenix Development Fund monies now available from the Small Business Service (see action point 14 of the Social Exclusion Unit report (www.socialexclusion.gov.uk)) to support further pilot initiatives will give this sector a much‐needed boost … We also profile the new regional maps and networks for learning developed by NIACE in partnership with NIMHE, as well as some new publications that may be of interest to readers.
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