Grow your new business, or launch your big idea

Start and Grow Enterprise has launched phase 2 of their support programme, helping freelancers, entrepreneurs, and new businesses in Gloucestershire to start and grow.

Since the programme first began in 2017, it has supported over 600 ambitious entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire to start businesses, solidify plans, and take their companies from budding to booming. 

From the start of the millennium, the number of entrepreneurs, freelancers, contractors and self-starters has risen by more than 45%. Now, 15% of the working population are calling themselves boss. It gives them freedom, flexibility and unlimited financial potential. But it’s not an easy ride.

Start and Grow Enterprise is here to help. Everything offered through the programme is free of charge, helping business to succeed in Gloucestershire. Start and Grow Enterprise is a University of Gloucestershire programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and will run until 31 st March 2023.

This support is available to people in Gloucestershire with an idea for a business, or freelancers and business owners who are in the early stages of running their venture.

“Although we are building on a successful 3-year programme, it is arguably this second 3 year Phase that is the most important. We believe that the economic recovery will be largely driven by the entrepreneurs, whose resilience and creativity are legendary. We have assembled a team of experienced and gifted individuals whose aim, like ours, is to help dreams turn into reality, and make those dreams even bigger!” Charles Dodwell, Programme Manager.

As part of the new programme, business owners benefit from a business diagnostic process; this is dedicated time with a member of the team to identify where their business challenges lie. The information is then used to create a bespoke support plan for the business. Business owners can also access 3 hours of 1-2-1 coaching to help them take their business to the next level, and they get the chance to apply for a £1,000 cash grant to invest in the business.

We’ve had a massive amount of interest from local businesses and entrepreneurs since re launching. Here’s what current clients on the new programme are saying:

“This service is great for anyone who is starting out or wanting to grow their business, you’ll get clarity on how to get where you want to be, and up to date business information to stay current”.

“The use of breakout discussions and group interaction on the online course was great, it wasn’t a generalised course, it was tailored specifically to the businesses taking part”.

“I am very impressed with this service. During the courses, it was so useful to hear other’s experiences and difficulties with their business currently, and realise I’m not alone, finally I know I can make this happen”.

To join this community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and get started with our support, simply sign up on the website on the link below.




Start and Grow Enterprise

Start and Grow Enterprise helps freelancers, entrepreneurs, and new businesses in Gloucestershire to start and grow. Offered completely free of charge, Start and Grow Enterprise organise regular training, networking, courses, events and resources - in a community of like-minded new business owners.

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