Cornwall

Truro roadside chef calls for more government aid

A man from Truro who says he is on the brink of losing his business has written to the Prime Minister calling for more support for entrepreneurs.

Steven Capewell has been running a catering trailer in Tresillian since November.

He was given a £1,000 New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme loan.

The Department for Work and Pensions said there were currently no plans to increase the level of support under the NEA scheme.

Feedback welcomed

Mr Capewell said that while the loan was welcome, it was not enough.

He said: "I find it hard to believe they think we can start a business on £1,000. I have no capital. I have done extremely well to get this far. I just know how quiet it's been recently and cold, I am going to struggle."

Truro and Falmouth's Conservative MP Sarah Newton said she was lobbying ministers to see what more could be done to help people like Mr Capewell.

Ann Vandermeuluen, from the Federation of Small Businesses in Cornwall, said: "This story is all too familiar. The amount of money the government gives businesses to set up with is quite small.

"Unfortunately a lot of it goes to waste because the support doesn't continue. It's something we're lobbying for, that the government has to ensure the self-employed aren't disadvantaged."

The DWP said it was monitoring how the NEA scheme was working and welcomed feedback. It pointed out that those awarded the loan do get other support - including benefits for several months.

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