Deloitte launch £25m investment to help employees start their own business

Accountancy group Deloitte has announced a planned investment of £25m to help its employees start their own businesses.

Employees will be given funding and the time to work on developing their business idea, with Deloitte also providing valuable advice.

It said the initiative:

“…recognises the demands of a new generation of young professionals who aspire to a diverse and agile career”.

Staff who can demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas will start working full-time within a new unit Innovation Investments Ltd, where there will be a

“…reward model to ensure mutual benefit for the entrepreneur and the firm”.

David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte, said:

“This is a first for our firm and a first for our industry. We know that an increasing number of people are attracted to the idea of setting up their own business and trying something different. We believe this initiative offers a unique opportunity to pursue those entrepreneurial ambitions whilst remaining an employee of Deloitte and benefiting from the strength of our brand, experience and expertise.”

More than 50 ideas have already been submitted since the launch at the end of October.

Source: The Business Desk
Words: Daniel Pearce

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