New Community Interest Company to champion the needs of older entrepreneurs

A new social enterprise has been launched to support and champion the needs of older people setting up in business.

The Olderpreneur Alliance is a Community Interest Company (CIC) founded by Isabella Moore CBE, a vastly entrepreneur and business leader.

As well as being founder and co-Director of COMTEC, a leading provider of translation services to exporters in the manufacturing, creative, e-learning and computer software industries, Isabella was the first female President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Vice-President of Eurochambres, the association of European Chambers of Commerce. She was also Chairman of the Confederation of West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and CEO of CILT, the National Centre for Languages.

Isabella has also worked widely in the area of women’s enterprise, including as Chair of the National Women’s Enterprise Panel and President of the Eurochambres Women’s Network.

The Olderpreneur Alliance has been launched as a result of ground-breaking doctoral research carried out by Isabella at Aston Business into aspects of later-life entrepreneurship.

Isabella said: “I profoundly believe that entrepreneurship is an exciting possibility for many more people than ever realise it – and that includes the growing numbers of older people looking for ways to remain not just economically active but rewarded and fulfilled into later life.

“Whether you’ve always wanted to set up and run your own business or are coming to the idea for the very first time, we have designed The Olderpreneur Alliance to have services, information and advice which can help set you on the path to success.”

The Olderpreneur Alliance CIC will focus on supporting, training, encouraging, and advocating for, later-life entrepreneurs. As a social enterprise, profits will go to a foundation to provide financial support to businesses set up by later-life entrepreneurs.

The company has two main areas of activity:

1. Mentoring and training would-be olderpreneurs who have considered starting their own business but have not yet committed to doing so.

2. Research, campaigning and lobbying to promote awareness of, and action in support of, later-life entrepreneurs by governments, banks, business support organisations, and others.

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