Do you fancy being your own boss?

It’s probably more achievable than you think.

Our business startup programme aims to enable unemployed or financially inactive entrepreneurs to develop their own businesses ideas. 

Work with your own personal consultant to ensure your business is a success.

We're fully supported by the European Social Fund and the UK Skills Funding Agency so our self-employment support service is free to access.

Register now so we can start helping you achieve your dreams today.

Become self employed
Our support

You may not have experience of developing a definitive business plan or managing a business, but we can help you with our business start-up programme.

You’ll gain the skills to become self employed, start a new business or social enterprise.

We'll support you every step of the way, assigning you a personal adviser to help with all aspects of business management.

Is it for you?

Setting up a business is no small task. Our one-to-one support will help you establish whether becoming an entrepreneur is actually for you. We’ll advise on all that’s involved with self-employment, the good and the bad.   

You’ll hear stories from entrepreneurs we’ve helped in the past and attend enterprise workshops, helping you to ensure you’ve got the skills and dedication required to become self-employed.

Business ideas

If you’ve got a business idea already we’ll help you to develop it.

No idea yet but committed to starting a business? We can help you come up with business ideas suitable for you.

As well as one-to-one coaching we offer a number of workshops based around business start-ups including advice on:

  • finance requirements
  • legal and tax
  • social media.

The business plan

So you’ve got your idea all sorted and you feel comfortable with all that’s involved with starting your own business venture?

Next up you’ll need to formulate a proper business plan with all the serious stuff like market research, pricing, cashflow forecasts and risks. Don’t worry, we have lots of experience in this area as well as number of close links to organisations that can provide further professional advice.

Aftercare support

Whilst the early days of your business venture will be exciting they’re sure to throw up a few stumbling blocks.

We’ll be on hand to provide continued aftercare through telephone support, further one-to-one coaching and more specific advice on areas such as bookkeeping and tendering for work.

You can access our dedicated in work support for as long as you need or want it.

Start benefitting from our self-employment support today.

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