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'Life-changing' opportunity being offered to start ups after pandemic

Source:Cambridge News

A Cambridgeshire-based social enterprise is offering free help to applicants hoping to start up new businesses in the hospitality industry.

CrossROADS are looking for applicants who want to set up and run a business that offers coffee, gelato ice cream, or handmade chocolates.#

The new venture taking place in Oakington will select three successful applicants and guide them towards their business goals.

The enterprise described this as a life-changing opportunity that could help people get back on their feet after the pandemic hit the hospitality industry.

 

Many were left jobless when Covid-19 hit with lockdowns shutting a variety of different venues.

Now the weight of the pandemic is lifting back off the industry crossROADS is giving people the opportunity to create new business.

The venture will also create an open and welcoming venue for local people to meet and buy coffee, chocolate, and ice cream.

Kitchen cleaning company Bright Hygiene is offering rent-free accommodation to successful applicants.

Fran Smith, Managing Director at Bright Hygiene said: “We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to people within the hospitality industry, which has been so badly impacted by Covid-19.

"We’re hoping that not only does it give three people a unique opportunity to start their dream business, but that the idea catches on. If a small company like Bright Hygiene can do this, what can other businesses do?”

After six months to a year, it is expected that the crossROADS’ businesses will be successful enough to find their own paid-for premises, making space for three new candidates.

Ross Smith, from the crossROADS initiative, said: “This has been a tough year for everyone, and we need to work together to help get through it.

"We want to get the community involved, giving them an amazing place to meet and enjoy guilt-free goodies, and a chance to reconnect with their community post lockdown, but also to get local business people involved, helping us to provide equipment and the absolute best advice to our three business owners."

“Successful applicants need to demonstrate commitment, motivation and to show that they are ready to set up their own business.

"They also need to have the right attitude in terms of developing a community and forming a close-knit team with the other successful applicants. If this sounds like you, we can’t wait to hear from you”.

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