THE club helping Oswestry's young entrepeneurs get into business has been commended in the 2013 Towns Alive awards.
The Start Up Oswestry club was commended in the Business and Economy category of the awards in the West Midlands and North West areas.
Founded by Action for Market Towns in 2004, the Towns Alive awards recognise and showcase initiatives helping towns to flourish.
Keith Barrow, leader of Shropshire Council and chairman of Oswestry's Joint Economic Board, said: "The Start Up Oswestry Club has been a great success and I'm delighted it has been recognised in these important national awards.
"Although we didn't win the Business and Economy category, the judges all recognised the high quality of our application and of the project."
Instigated by the Oswestry Joint Economic Board in 2012, the Start Up Oswestry club is run by Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Enterprise Partnership to offer young business-minded people free information, support and access to finance.
The club is open to people aged 18-30 who are thinking of setting up their own business and has held monthly meetings over the last 18 months with more than 50 people attending so far.
The July 2013 meeting of the club was held on board the StartUp Britain bus when it visited Oswestry as part of its national tour.
Each meeting focuses on basic start-up information and aims to help young people put together a simple business plan as well as offering support with sales and marketing, access to finance and help promoting their new enterprise.
Business ideas represented at the meetings so far include interior decoration, a fashion store, a cake-baking business, photography and printing, sports accessories, and men’s fashion.
The next meeting of the Start Up Oswestry club will be held at the Guildhall in Oswestry on September 10 from 5.30pm to 7pm.
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