OUT of work people over the age of 50 were given advice on how to start their own business at a job seekers conference.
More than 100 people took advantage of the Town Hall event, which included seminars on a host of subjects and information stands from local employers and business groups.
Among them were members of the Eastbourne branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – keen to chat to people who were thinking of starting their own firm.
The FSB supports people who take the risk to set up and grow a business and Pat Rodohan, the membership officer in the Eastbourne area, and Martin Searle, FSB development manager (pictured), met dozens of budding entrepreneurs thinking of setting up businesses in, for instance, pet care and grooming, gardening services and in catering.
Speaking at the event Mr Rodohan said, “You are never too young to start a business and often this can be the silver lining to an adverse situation.
“I know many people who have set up and run successful businesses after being made redundant, for instance.
“Today we have met people who are thinking of setting up businesses, which is quite a challenge in the current economic climate.
“However, our advice is to get value for money support and advice at the outset, this will help you to take the first steps in the right direction.
“Joining the FSB is one of the first and best quality decisions a budding business owner can make. The path of entrepreneurship can be a lonely one, but the FSB is there every step of the way.”
For more information on the FSB visit www.fsb.org.uk.