Business advice and support for new businesses

There is a wealth of advice, guidance and support available for businesses whether you’re a long established business or just thinking about starting up.

Whether you have a basic human resources or finance related query, want advice on using social media, or need support to develop a growth strategy there is an organisation, service or programme that can help. This information can be overwhelming and some businesses may find it difficult to navigate.

The enterprise team can help with this by talking to you to find out your aspirations and requirements and signposting you to the

support that is best suited to you. If you are just starting to think about growing your business and are doing some fact finding, then this list of agencies and organisations with information will be helpful.

What is the Enterprise for Success programme?

Aim: The Enterprise for Success programme, run by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), offers help and advice to you if you are starting a new business, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The flexible, free programme offers:

  • One-to-one support from qualified advisors
  • Business plan preparation and cash flow forecasts
  • Specialist training courses covering marketing, finance, tax, business planning, e-commerce and PR
  • Referral to support organisations and networks
  • Support for businesses in their first year of trading

Who can apply for the scheme? The support is available to those thinking of starting a business, or companies within their first year of trading (geographical restrictions may apply).

How can I apply? To find out how we can help you, contact us on 0800 0323488, or register your interest at www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk

Enterprise Workshop

Aim: Enterprise Workshop is open to anyone who is considering self-employment or starting a small business as well as supporting young businesses that have been trading for less than 6 months.

The programme is delivered by Wallis Training & Consultancy, They have and array of qualified business consultants , with extensive experience of working with small businesses and delivering a diverse range of training programmes, which have been designed to help individuals , who are considering working for themselves.

The delivery of the programme is based on three stages of growth , starting up , early stages and business expansion. On completion of the three stages , a mentoring programme / package will be in place as a progression route for the business.

Full  support, advice and guidance are provided in a relaxed and friendly manner, through a combination of seminars and workshops.

If anyone who has a seed of an idea but is unsure of what steps they need to take, to make it become a reality, they really would benefit from attending these workshops, as it will help them develop their vision into a clear business plan.

For further information and to book a place, please contact Pam Wallis on 07514 522572 or email pam@wallis-consultancy.com

Growing Rural Enterprise Limited

Aim: Growing Rural Enterprise Limited, deliver innovative and meaningful learning opportunities for rural business. We inspire and make a difference to rural business, building confidence knowledge and skills.

What they deliver:

  • Courses and workshops for rural businesses
  • One to one coaching, mentoring and advice
  • Manage and deliver projects which help rural businesses start, develop and grow.
  • Working with partners to improve the rural economy, business sustainability and viability.

For Further information visit http://growingruralenterprise.co.uk/

UKTI

Are you thinking of expanding your business overseas? UKTI can help.

Growth Hub

The aim of the GBSLEP Growth Hub is to provide a holistic approach to business support. Through a single point of contact a business will connect to the information, advice or support it requires.

To register, please visit www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk  For more information please call the local helpline on 0800 032 3488 or email info@gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk 

HMRC

Has an e-learning course called Starting your own business which covers issues such as tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses. In addtion, My New Business is a comprehensive start up service which provides businesses with support and guidance on how to set up a new business 

Let’s do mentoring

Are you looking for a mentor to work with to work with to help you idetify solutions to the many business situations you may come across?

http://staffordshirechambers.co.uk/business-support/mentoring-page/

Federation of small businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, the FSB offer members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. FSBc is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

StartUp Britain

is a campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.

East Staffordshire Borough Council

If you want to speak to the enterprise team, we can signpost you in the direction best suited to you. Please feel free to contact us using the details shown on the contact the enterprise team page.

Business Enterprise Support

For further information on business enterprise support, please visit https://www.enterprisesupport.org/

Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

If you are out of work, aged between 18 and 30 and want to start your own business, the prince’s trust can offer you free support and training. They offer you three years of support and mentoring, and you may be eligible for a loan.

For further information please visit http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_programme.aspx

Enterprise Allowance

New enterprise allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact jobcentre plus to apply or find out more, or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-enterprise-allowance-campaign