Social enterprise hubs will be established in Londonderry and Strabane next year to encourage local start ups and tackle low employment.
The First and Deputy First Ministers said the two North West locations are amongst 11 identified for the Social Enterprise Hubs. Property leases for the Hubs are due to be signed by January 2014, with a provisional operational date of April 2014.
“The Department for Social Development along with the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment have been tasked with taking forward the development of ten Social Enterprise Incubation Hubs,” the Ministers stated.
“An additional eleventh Hub has recently been identified for establishment under the Programme. These Hubs will tackle the lack of local employment in areas of multiple deprivation by encouraging social enterprise business start-up within local communities.”