We'll Help You Get Your Business Off The Ground

We can help you see the dream of running your own business come true with our Business Start-up Programme.

Once you’ve been referred to one of our Enterprise Advisors, we conduct a diagnostic check to recommend the best course of action for you.

Whether you need the intensive support of the 13-week programme or you’re ready to go with a little bit of mentoring, we will get you set up according to your needs. Our Advisors are passionate entrepreneurs who know what it takes to get a business off the ground and make it a success. They now dedicate their careers to helping others do the same. Since the launch of the Work Programme, they’ve helped tens of thousands of people become self-employed.

Our Business Start-up Programme

There are three levels to our programme, all of which can be tailored to your specific needs

  • Intensive - This is a 13-week programme designed to give you all the support you need to become self-employed and get your business off the ground
  • Intermediate – This is an eight-week programme where you will be able to delve deeper into the practicalities of starting your own business
  • Basic - This is a six-week practical programme providing you with short, focused support to set up your business – perfect if you already have some business knowledge or a little bit of experience running a business

Once you’ve completed your course on the Business Start-up Programme, you have access to a two year mentoring package, where you’ll get on-going support, regular reviews and access to local networking events to help you grow your business.


  • Financial forecasting and cash flow
  • Market research
  • Sales and pricing
  • Tax and VAT
  • Accessing finance and in work benefits
  • Marketing workshops
  • Online training and social media
  • Health and safety
  • Equality and diversity
  • Negotiation skills
  • Confidence and motivational building

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