With over 4,778 registered self-employed workers, Paterna continues to be one of the citicies in the Valencian Community with the highest self-employment rate.
For this reason, and with the aim of continuing to promote self-employment and the creation of independent business activity in the city, the City Council of Paterna has again convened, for the fifth consecutive year, the Entrepreneur Check 2020.
As the first mayor, Juan Antonio Sagredo has recalled, "Paterna is pioneer in the Valencian Community in creating support programs for the entrepreneur, being the first consistory that has granted financial aid to new activities generated in its municipal area."
In addition, Sagredo has pointed out that "this aid, which is initially endowed with a budget of 75,000 euros, is another example of the firm commitment and support of the Socialist Executive to the economic development and employment in our city."
The mayor also highlighted the good reception that these non-refundable grants have among paternal citizens and, in this regard, he has indicated that “since its first call in 2016, the Entrepreneurs check has allowed to open in Paterna near 300 new businesses that have contributed to the richness and diversity of the local business network with different activities, from a restaurant, a travel agency, a mechanical workshop or a hairdressing salon ”.
Juan Antonio Sagredo has explained that “although we are living a situation of uncertainty and risk derived from the effects caused by the pandemic of the COVID-19, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs are essential to develop economic activity and gradually come out of the crisis”.
The Entrepreneur Check is a non-refundable grant that can be requested by all unemployed residents of Paterna who open a business in the city as long as they maintain their activity for a minimum of 12 months. The amount of the check goes from 800 euros to 1,400 euros, depending on the situation of the beneficiary, if he or she is self-employed, under 35 years of age, over 45 years of age or long-term unemployed, disabled, victim of gender violence or in risk of social exclusion.
Applications are made through the electronic office of the city council (https://sede.paterna.es/opensiac/action/tramitesinfo?method=enter&id=409), and within a period of between 30 and 45 days from the date the application is approved, the payment of the grant is effective.