Support for starting a business
We work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through our Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're with you every step of the way.
Since 1983 we’ve helped over 80,000 young people to start their own business.
If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, our Enterprise programme could be for you.
Kicking off with a free information session in your local area, we'll tell you how we can support you and, if you're still keen, we'll also invite you onto our four-day interactive workshop.
You'll get to meet other like-minded people and have the chance to tap into an business expert, covering everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax.
After this, it's time to start building your business. We'll support you to plan and test your ideas and give you the opportunity to apply for funding. That way, you'll be ready to meet our Business Launch Group at the end of the process.
Once you've launched your business, we'll provide you with an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to share advice every step of the way - for up to two years.
From beauticians and barbers to digital agencies and dog groomers, we think we've seen it all. Or have we?
For more information, check out our 'What's involved in Enterprise?' detail page.
Our Enterprise programme made easy
We’re in the process of taking our Enterprise programme online – giving you the same quality guidance, advice and support at a convenient style and pace that suits you.
If you like to stay ahead of the curve and want to be part of an exciting online project to test our new tools, get in touch. You’ll not only benefit from ideas on how to strengthen your business in handy bite-sized chunks, but you’ll also be matched with an e-mentor who can give you advice every step of the way.
Interested in this flexible approach to business? We thought so.