Business Start Up?

If you have a business idea or starting up a business, you may be interested in the following support that is available.

For more information on any of the below programmes or if you need help finding a premises for your business, please contact Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer for Lichfield District Council. Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01543 308149

Enterprise for Success Programme – For people starting up or young businesses: Support for mentoring, business plans, marketing etc.

The free programme is to encourage new business start-ups and to help young businesses grow and thrive. Experienced business advisors can help with marketing, business plans, accounts and book keeping etc. and have specialised training courses.

This programme can help with:
– 1 to 1 support from qualified advisors
– Business plan preparation and cash flow forecasts
– Specialist training course 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.

For more information visit http://www.enterpriseforsuccess.co.uk/ or contact the team – Email: [email protected] or call: 0121 516 0330

Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme – For 18-30 year olds starting a business: Mentoring, courses and financial support.

The free programme offers free ongoing one to one support, mentoring and a low interest loan to help young people between 18-30 years old start a business. The benefits of the programme are that it offers expert advice and guidance on setting up your business, access to funding and free mentoring for up to 2 years once you start running your business.

There are four stages to the programme:
Stage 1: Inspire- Information Session
Stage 2: Explore – Explore Enterprise Centre
Stage 3: Launch – One to One Sessions
Stage 4: Boost – Mentoring and Financial Support

For more information visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Growth Hubs – The best contact for finding the right support for your business needs. Including mentoring, grant programmes and funding towards projects or premises etc. Also starting in business, finance, expanding businesses and employment & skills.

Growth Hubs offer national and local support and advice to individuals and businesses in a local area who are starting up or expanding their business. They are in contact with business support providers, who offer mentoring, funding etc. and will be able to direct businesses to support through their helplines.

Lichfield District is supported by 2 Growth Hubs, the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub (www.stokestaffsgrowthhub.co.uk), and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub (www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk).

Stoke and Staffordshire LEP Growth Hub contact details
Email: [email protected] Call: 0300 111 8002

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub contact details
Email: [email protected] Call: 0800 032 3488

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