COPELAND Council is offering young entrepreneurs the chance to be part of its ongoing mentorship programme.

Business minded young residents aged 16 to 25 will receive one-to-one mentorship from experienced professionals and a bespoke one-day course covering business viability, networking, management skills and more.

The young entrepreneurs will also receive a £300 grant to support their business idea and a free pitch at Copeland’s monthly Young Entrepreneurs’ Market in Whitehaven.

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “Support and mentorship at the beginning of a young entrepreneur’s career can make a significant difference to the success of a business.

“We’re delighted to be getting behind our young people and supporting them with experience, advice, guidance and grants to help make sure they have everything they need in order for their business to thrive in Copeland, and beyond.

“The mentors will provide valuable business insight, experience, encouragement and moral support and the bespoke course will provide the foundations for running a successful business.

“I’d encourage any young person with a business idea and a drive to succeed to get in touch and not to miss the opportunity to benefit from this fantastic offer of support.”