An innovative Birmingham charity which helps inner-city entrepreneurs has been praised by a senior Treasury Minister.
John Healy, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, described the charity, Urban Dreams, as an "inspiration".
The organisation links budding business leaders from black and other ethnic minority communities with established firms who can provide advice, encouragement and funding for projects and ideas.
Birmingham-based Wragge & Co, one of Britain's leading corporate law firms, and accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers are among those firms taking part in the charity scheme.
The charity's director and entrepreneurs it has worked with were at Westminster for a meeting in the House of Commons, hosted by Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr).
Mr Healy told them: "What is so great is that you are really showing in urban Birmingham that there are no no-go areas for business.
"The best anti-poverty policy is to create jobs, and the most important source of jobs and prosperity is enterprise."
Urban Dreams is part of the Community Education and Training Academy, based in Newtown and founded two years ago.
Student Duane Williams, aged 20, attended the Commons event. He is in the process of setting up his own business customising cars, with individual paint-jobs, interiors and electrical equipment.
He said: "This has given me access to the right channels and people to get my idea up and running."
Mr Mahmood said: " Business in our city are sometimes criticised for not contributing to the community but these businesses are making a very important contribution."