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New Enterprise Allowance

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Help to start and run your own business

Are you out of work but have a great idea for a new business? Want to join the millions of people who are self-employed across Britain?

We can get you started – and give you the support you need, including some much-needed start-up cash.

And even if you’re already self-employed, we can provide you with any help you require.

Our 12-week business mentoring programme won’t cost you a penny or affect any benefits you may be receiving.

We’ll match you with one of our experienced advisors in your area who will guide you through the process of starting your own business. We’ll answer all your questions and help you calculate all the risks to make sure you’re fully-informed to make the right decisions.

You’ll get help with:

  • Business planning
  • Legal matters
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Start-up courses

And, once your business plan is approved, we can help you access £1,274 to help you start trading. You can still continue to claim benefits while you develop your business plan so there’s no risk.

We deliver this programme in:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire
  • Birmingham
  • Black Country and Solihull
  • Bath
  • Gloucestershire
  • Bristol
  • Devon & Cornwall
  • Somerset
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • Frome
  • Scotland

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To find out more, ask your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach about the New Enterprise Allowance.

We’ve helped more than 90000 people to set up new businesses