The need to develop local enterprise, skills and jobs is one of the most common themes raised by local communities where we operate. Shell has a variety of programmes to support and encourage the building of new businesses and generate local employment. The longest-running ones have been going for more than 30 years and have helped countless entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground.
Our flagship: Shell LiveWIRE
Our flagship programme for entrepreneurs is Shell LiveWIRE, which started in Scotland in 1982. Today it runs in 15 countries and attracts thousands of participants every year.
Its aim is to provide young entrepreneurs with business skills training and mentoring as well as start-up grants and awards. These help transform their business ideas into sustainable sources of income that can create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
Programmes are tailored by country to address local needs and business environments. In the UK, for example, Shell LiveWIRE encourages sustainable energy and mobility solutions. In other countries such as South Africa, the focus is addressing youth unemployment and generating opportunities in sectors that contribute most to the local economy.
Shell LiveWIRE really works. In 2015, more than 8,000 people took part worldwide and more than 90 businesses were established.
Visit the Shell LiveWIRE International website to see if the programme is available where you live and for details of how to apply.