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Projects in Peterborough, Ipswich and Norwich to help refugees start businesses

Syrian refugee children playing in a settlement camp Credit: PA

A pilot project means refugees in our region could soon be proud business owners.

Ipswich, Norwich and Peterborough are running a series of schemes which will help refugees set up companies.

The pilot projects will run nationally - other initiatives will be based in Bristol, Belfast and Staffordshire.

Part of a one-year programme, the scheme is paid for by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Home Office. It will be overseen by the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

It is hoped the initiative will give refugees a chance to flourish in the UK by turning business ideas into reality.

The pilot will cost just over £360,00, of which around £210,000 will be paid for by the Home Office. The remaining £150,150 will be supplied by the lottery fund.

MENTA, a business support in Norfolk and Suffolk, is taking part in the project.

In the West of England, ACH Bristol, formerly known as Ashley Community Housing, will help provide advice for more than 100 refugees. Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will support 40.