Small business minister Nigel Griffiths has
launched a £100,000 fund to help disabled entrepreneurs make a
success of their business ideas.
The cash, from the Phoenix Fund, will pay for
a disabled entrepreneur network to help business pioneers gain
ideas and support. The Phoenix Fund was announced in November 1999
by the government to encourage entrepreneurship as a means of
combating social exclusion.
Launching the scheme on the International Day
of Disabled Persons (3 December) Griffiths said: “If economic
growth is to continue we must encourage people who face these
hurdles in starting and running a business.”