Xtrax gets grant to help entrepreneurs of tomorrow

A YOUTH project is giving enterprising young people a chance to learn business skills, thanks to a Lottery grant.

Xtrax (Hastings and Rother Drop-in Centre) will run a business support project for 16- to 24-year-olds who will get the opportunity to develop business ideas with the help of mentoring, networking and business planning support.

It received more than £5,200.

The project is just one of 59 across the south east region which is sharing in a total of £452,763 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

As part of the project, Xtrax will be reviving a previously run t-shirt making business and it has already come up with three designs depicting Hastings as an iconic holiday destination.

Young people will be running the business, learning about profit and loss, procurement, buying and selling, costings and how to engage with the public. They will even be pitching presentations to the council in the hope of making their t-shirts part of an official brand for Hastings.

Andrew Batsford, manager of Xtrax, said: “Getting young people to come up with business ideas is not easy. A blank sheet of paper is a difficult thing to fill for a young person when they haven’t had much experience in being creative or don’t have the confidence to create.

“We are hoping to change that with this project. We will be giving young people the space to come up with ideas, try new things and learn from mistakes.

“We want to give them the confidence and the knowledge to then go on to take the skills that they’ve learned out into the workplace and do something positive.”