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Expansion plans for Chapeltown Community Enterprise Hub

Published: 10th March 2011 19:17

 Councillors in Leeds are pressing ahead with plans to undertake major improvements to an important business and enterprise centre in Chapeltown.

Leeds City Council has agreed to invest £300k into the Unity Enterprise & Chapeltown Development Trust. The investment will be used to undertake refurbishments to the Unity Business and the Chapeltown Enterprise Centres.

Unity Enterprise, set up in 1999, is the largest not-for-profit economic development agency in Chapeltown and is tasked with improving the economic wellbeing of the local community. The improvement programme will allow for the expansion of Unity Enterprise network, with an emphasis on promoting new businesses and creating employment in the local area.

Local Councillor, Mohammed Rafique, is now hoping that a bid for European funding for the scheme will be successful which will allow the project to proceed.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique (Chapel Allerton) said:

"It is really good news that the council have agreed to help fund the important refurbishment plans for Unity Enterprise and we await a decision regarding European funding for the scheme. It would be a terrible shame should the funding bid be unsuccessful.

"Unity Enterprise and its business centres play such a vital role in the Chapeltown community, providing opportunities and accommodation for new and existing businesses.

"Chapeltown is one of the most economically deprived areas in Leeds with high levels of unemployment. These expansion plans will create an employment hub which will focus on providing local people with career advice, skills and training enabling them to seek employment.

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