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Thousands of graduates starting businesses with NCGE

Published: Tuesday, 29 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Many university-leavers are following one of the ultimate graduate opportunities by starting their own business, with the help of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.

The body, which supports graduates in starting their own companies, announced it has reached its target of helping 1,350 university-leavers by March 31st, with days to spare.

NCGE's Make It Happen programme was launched in October 2009, with the aim of helping recent graduates into business.

David Frost, the director general of UK business organisation British Chambers of Commerce, praised the scheme as good for the economy.

"We need new businesses more than ever to help grow our private sector and make this a year for growth for the economy," he said.

"The Make It Happen programme has been able to help over a thousand graduates take the plunge and become business owners since its creation. At a time when we must encourage entrepreneurship, the creation of 1350 new start-ups by graduates is fantastic news."

A recent independent survey by research firm EKOS found the net additional GVA (Gross Value Added) of the Make it Happen programme is just over £14 million.

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