A BUDDING entrepreneur has launched his own business with a grant from Braintree Council.

Jake Murray, 25, set up a web hosting service after being awarded £3,000 from the council's young entrepreneur programme.

The business - called DigiHost - will enable people to put their websites on the internet.

Jake is using the cash to buy server equipment and secure space in the UK.

Having servers in the UK offers better connectivity for customers based here.

Jake said: “This financial support is critical in launching my venture.

"My background in cyber security equips me to provide high-quality, secure and compliant hosting solutions.

"As digital operations and data security become increasingly important, our service will undoubtedly meet a significant market need, especially for clients in the UK.”

Council economic growth boss Frankie Ricci said: "Our initiative aims to eliminate some of the obstacles which might deter young individuals from embarking on their professional journeys.

"By supporting young enterprises, we contribute to local economies and foster stronger communities, and with the allocation of this grant in particular, we are investing not only in a local business, but also digital security and the growth of businesses across Essex and beyond.”

The young entrepreneur programme is part of a drive to grow the local economy and create jobs.

The scheme is open to those aged 16-30 and aims to inspire young individuals to use their talents for enterprise.

Grants between £500 and £3,000 are available for start-up costs such as training courses, stock and digital equipment.

Applicants can apply online by submitting a three-minute video of their business idea and its potential.

Visit braintree.gov.uk/yep for full details.