We provide services supporting local people into employment and self-employment and also recruitment services, office services and training courses for local businesses.
A Start Up Loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK.
Support with Social enterprise start up
NatWest’s Business Builder programme is a great source of support for businesses from idea-stage, right the way through to established businesses, forced to examine their model in the wake of COVID-19. Open to all entrepreneurs and business owners, not just customers of the bank, when you register you get access to online learning, covering business aspects from Mindset & Behaviours, to business modelling and resilience and loads more besides as well as a host of digital workshops and a thriving online community
Princes Trust Enterprise Programme Eligibility Criteria 18 - 30 years of age Employed or studying part time Ineligible Criteria Full Time employment Full Time education The Princes Trust offer a 4 day training course called Explore Enterprise that allows the individual to explore if self employment is right for them. Loans can be provided from £500 - £5000 with 6%apr (this is subject to application and credit checks) Grants are a maximum of £1500 Eligible clients can chose either face to face or can do the programme online with an Ementor attached to them. Alice Looks after Wolverhampton Richard looks after Dudley & Sandwell
The BCGH Experts in Residence programme recognises a distinct gap in business support for post-start and micro-businesses who fall outside of the SME support often offered through ERDF funded projects. These businesses are often in their first 3 years of trading and following pre-start support programmes have been ineligible for further help or guidance. This programme aims to fill that gap and is based on successful business mentoring models targeting small pockets of businesses. We have selected a group of experienced business experts who will be on hand to support with growth, resilience and forward planning. Our Experts in Residence can provide help and support with marketing, legal, finance, business development and even more specific areas such as retail, pitching and digitalisation.
The New Enterprise Allowance is a package of support aimed at would-be entrepreneurs aged 18 and over and currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit, or Employment and Support Allowance, or those on Income Support who are also a lone parent, sick, or disabled.
Free Four Day Business Start Up Course - Followed by Seventh Month Mentoring Programme
Incubation hub for creative, tech and digital start-ups
Digital Incubator Hub for Innovative businesses or individuals.
Access to masterclasses for business start up needs. Membership £25 per month
An integrated network of business support for entrepreneurs, start-ups and academics helping to transform innovation into enterprise hosted by the University of Birmingham. It also provides business and enterprise training, delivered by entrepreneurs, and mentoring from advisors and industry specialists who have substantial experience in product development.
Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.
FSB Business Essentials membership costs as little as £147 per year plus a one-off £30 registration fee.