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Calling all creative contractors! Dragon’s Den star offers help to budding entrepreneurs

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Contractors looking to make a career with their creative talents will be interested to learn that American businessman and Dragon Den star Doug Richard, is offering 100 fully funded places in his School of Creative Startups.

The scheme, which would usually set applicants back £3,500, is a one-year programme based in Kent that offers student’s workshops, bootcamps and events, as well as the opportunity to meet successful business figures, such as fashion designer Paul Smith.

Doug Richard said, “We are delighted to be working with Kent County Council to deliver the first School for Creative Startups programme outside of London.

“Kent County Council is a great example of a forward thinking council taking a bold and innovative approach to encouraging it’s entrepreneurial community.

“There is a huge amount of creativity in Kent and this is a unique opportunity to capitalise on its potential.’

“Applications to the course have been coming in thick and fast, demonstrating that there is a real demand for this kind of support in the county.’

Mark Dance of Kent County Council added, “Over the past five years we have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of creative ventures being set up in Kent, yet there are certain areas where there is little happening. We want to help people set up sustainable creative businesses that can help to create jobs and drive the economy forward.”

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