Starting a new business is a huge and challenging step but there is a great deal of support available for new entrepreneurs, both in the early stages of setting up a business and for helping with growth.
The Start and Grow programme, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund, is just one programme of many that are available to pre-start businesses, and research has shown that those businesses who receive early support and advice are more likely to be successful in sustaining their business in the longer term.
Start and Grow offers a 3 year programme of support and advice, from helping the business owner to start trading, through to advice on marketing, funding or taking on staff. Once on the Start and Grow programme and trading, Enterprise First clients will also receive membership to Enterprise Nation, which is a great start up resource, and to JournoLink which could significantly support promotional efforts.
To be eligible for Start and Grow, the business owner must be looking to grow and invest in their business along with potentially creating further employment for others. We have had many successful applicants from the Worthing and Brighton areas, and this programme is free and open to all potential business owners who meet the criteria.
Enterprise First is currently delivering the new Start & Grow programme throughout the South and as a local representative I can help you with your application.
Andy Pringle, Business Development Manager of Enterprise First says: “People have different reasons for wanting to work for themselves, it may be a lifestyle choice or an increasingly uncertain job market or redundancy which means exploring other options. “
“To succeed in the small business arena, persistence and determination are key. The ability to plan is an advantage and also a willingness to be adaptable to change as the business develops. Don’t let fear hold you back, many people give up to easily. Starting a business is hard work but incredibly rewarding.”
These small businesses are of significant importance to the UK economy – as they provide vital employment opportunities. It is fundamental that these small business owners know from the outset how they can receive the support that they need to thrive.
So, if you are interested in starting out and in finding out more about Start and Grow, please get in touch with me, or for more information see http://www.enterprisefirst.co.uk/services/start-grow/