Maybe you have always wanted to start your own business and perhaps now is the right time. The following organisations provide advice, training and mentoring that can be of significant benefit at this important time.
Warwick District Enterprise Team
Warwick District Council is committed to strengthening our local economy. Our new business enterprise projects support this aim by providing good value office premises and workspaces for new and established businesses.
If you are considering becoming self employed and need business premises, whether office, studio or workstation, contact the Warwick District Enterprise Team for advice.
If you are serious about starting a business Warwick District Council has commissioned the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to provide advice and support to potential new entrepreneurs. This is service is available for a limited period.
To find out more contact the Chamber of Commerce. Tel. 02476 654321
Advice and services are available online at Gov.uk - the government's website. Support is focussed on helping businesses to start up, develop and grow.
Prince's Trust (for young people aged 18-30)
If you want to start your own business but have been turned down by lenders because of your age (18-30), credit record or because you're out of work, the Prince's Trust can offer a low interest loan of up to £4000 and a grant of £1500 in special circumstances (subject to local availability).
Tel: 0800 842842
Website : Princes Trust
Business in You
If you are thinking about starting a business, you can find online information and access to business support and mentoring as part of this new Government backed initiative. If you are aged 18 to 24 you may be able to access loans of up to £2500 to help start your new business.
Website: Business in You
The UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.
Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice, and, start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Join the LiveWire community now to help launch your business idea into the world!
Website: Shell LiveWire
New Enterprise Allowance
New Enterprise Allowance is aimed at people who have been receiving Job Seekers Allowance for a period of at least six months and who want to set up their own business
Support provided can include:
- practical help and support to prepare for self-employment
- help and support in setting up the business
- support for at least the first six months of trading
- a weekly allowance paid for the first 26 weeks of business, to help during start up when earnings may rise and fall
- a loan of up to £1,000
For more information visit the Gov.uk website.
Women's Business Development Agency (WBDA)
Providing support and advice for women in the West Midlands who are thinking about starting a business, or who are already developing their business.
Tel. 024 7623 6111
Coventry and Warwickshire Development Agency
The Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency (CWCDA) is one of the largest co-operative development agencies in the country. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation it provides free professional business support for local people to create and sustain all types of social enterprises.
Tel. 024 7663 3911
Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
CWLEP is a locally owned partnership between local authorities, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and local businesses. It plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. Information available online at:-
HM Revenue & Customs
Starting in business
If you are starting a business you should check the HMRC website for information on tax, employing people, VAT, record keeping and other issues. Comprehensive information is available at the HMRC website.
Springboard To Ltd
Springboard To are ten local small business principals with decades of practical experience of starting, maintaining and building small and medium size business in the UK. They offer a very straightforward service to people who would like to start up on their own but don't know which way to turn. Contact:
Tel: 0845 094 268