New Businesses

If your business has been trading for less than one year or you are considering starting a new business or going self-employed, there is plenty of support available to help you make the move, through workshops, access to finance, work space or networking events. We will also be able to refer you to the appropriate advice resources if your business needs a special license to operate.

General information is available at the Great Business website.

If the time is right, please get in touch to learn more about how we can help.

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Business Support Helpline

Chat live with an advisor Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

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University of Wolverhampton - Enterprise Department

The Enterprise department recognises that entrepreneurship comprises of many skills and an entrepreneurial mind-set, which are not only key to starting up your own business/working freelance but they are also highly sought-after by employers when recruiting because they benefit the workplace greatly.

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Access to Business - ERDF RAISE

Access to Business, Wolverhampton based Charity and SWEDA (Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency), Charity based in Sandwell are proud to launch their new ‘RAISE – Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Self-Employment and Social Enterprise’ project.

The 2016-2018 project funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) delivers support to entrepreneurs in the Black Country to set up and run their businesses, specifically targeting new and early stage entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups including women, BME communities and disabled people.

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Entrepreneur Accelerator

Natwest provide entrepreneurs with fully funded support such as unique coaching, environments, digital learning and networks. Focusing on the key driver to success, insight and support provided by their trained coaches to take any business further, faster.

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Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world's largest free people accelerator for early stage and growing ventures.

Entrepreneurial Spark Enablers work shoulder to shoulder with Entrepreneur Development Managers from NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank who utilise local ecosystems to help make entrepreneurs credible, backable and investable.

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Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business with the help of a government-backed Start Up Loan and free business support. A great alternative for individuals looking for business loans to fund their start up.

Low-interest personal loans to help fund your business ideas and free business support to give you the confidence to succeed.

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PwC UK Scale-up Programme

Supporting fast growth, innovative scale-ups gain traction and source commercial opportunities and funding through introductions to PwC, corporate clients and the investor community.

Offering fixed term programmes specifically tailored for later stage companies with validated products, finance and scalability, helping to facilitate sales and raise finance.

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The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

Are you aged 18 to 30, living in the UK and have a business idea or some ideas to explore?

If you’re ready to be your own boss, sign up to the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme in person or try the new, flexible online platform, with e-mentor support, to help guide you through all the key steps that will help make your enterprise a big success.

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The Hive | Co-op Business Advice

The Hive is a business support programme from Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank, for people wanting to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises. Their mix of online resources, advice and training can help you build a better co-operative business.

Find out about fantastic advice and training opportunities available for groups at different stages of setting up or developing their co-operative or social business: from peer mentoring, group advice and one-to-one advice to co-operative skills training sessions.

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UnLtd - Thrive

Thrive is a new social accelerator helping ambitious social ventures to scale. Combining six months of intensive support with the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 for your social venture.

Thrive offers a combination of bespoke business support alongside potential to access finance, either through UnLtd or partners. This gives your social venture the chance to grow your business, and ultimately deliver greater social impact.

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Start your journey with SPARK

The Black Country’s only business incubation facility, SPARK is a unique environment where creative, engineering and technology start-ups can ignite and grow their ideas.

Within SPARK we nurture communities of like-minded and focused creative and tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun.

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