Pizza Hut is backing a scheme to help hundreds of UK entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds turn their business idea into a reality.

The New Founder Programme, with national enterprise charity Hatch, helps existing and would-be entrepreneurs access skills training, and learn from industry experts to develop skills to grow their businesses.

Speaking about the partnership, Regina Borda, managing director at Pizza Hut UK & Europe said: “Pizza Hut is founded on entrepreneurship via our franchise network and we are built to help people start and grow their own businesses. Our success is down to the hard work of our franchisees and this was especially apparent during Covid-19. We wouldn’t have managed our way through Covid-19 so seamlessly had it not been for the agility and hard work of this network, and we’re delighted to give something back to the future entrepreneurs of Britain.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of new companies that were created in the UK soared in the second half of 2020 compared with 2019.

Research shows ethnic minority led businesses playing an important role in the UK economy, contributing more than £74 billion a year, but that underrepresented founders, including ethnic minorities and women, face a very unique set of barriers when starting and growing a business.

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