LOCAL MP, Bill Wiggin MP has congratulated fifty new businesses that were started by people previously on benefits in North Herefordshire.

New figures published this month show the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance Scheme has helped support 50 people in North Herefordshire to move off benefits and start their own business since April 2011.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to every one of the 50 new business owners who have taken that huge first step of starting their own business.

"It’s excellent news so many people in North Herefordshire have been helped to get off benefits and realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss."

He added: "Small businesses are a hugely important part of our community."