DWP Employment Minister visits NEA Start-Up: Case Study

Ixion Clients Lawrence Brand and Cam Jarvis have been visited by Employment Minister Damian Hinds to see how their business is doing and to promote the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme. Ixion is a prime contractor for the scheme and is very proud of the work its doing throughout  London.

During the visit to Porterlight Bicycles, the minister met the business owners who have designed a new breed of bike to tackle the problem of delivering bulky and heavy goods efficiently in crowded towns and cities.

Damian Hinds said: “The NEA is playing its part by giving tens of thousands of people the confidence and support that they need to be their own boss.“ 

“Porterlight is a shining example of what can be achieved with the NEA in your corner, and I want to see even greater numbers of people taking advantage of what this scheme has to offer.” 

At the  event, the Minister cut the ribbon on Porterlight’s new state-of-the-art premises where work is underway to hand-build its latest orders using high quality materials.

In the 2 years since its launch, Porterlight has grown an idea into an expanding business that is now taking orders from countries including France, Spain and Australia. The company lists fast food chain Deliveroo among its clients.

Lawrence said: “I would recommend anyone who is currently out of work and thinks that they’ve got what it takes to be their own boss to speak with their local Jobcentre Plus to find out how the NEA can help them, in the same way it's helped me.“

The NEA is open to jobseekers over the age of 18 who are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, plus Income Support claimants who are lone parents or who are sick, and some Universal Credit claimants.

After showing their business idea is viable, NEA participants are eligible for a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks for claimants to establish their start-up.