Start and Grow Enterprise

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Catherine Briggs
Start and Grow Enterprise
The Growth Hub
Oxstalls Lane

Tel: 01242 715400

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Launch of Catalyst initiative to help employees facing redundancy

Employers can offer hope to their staff

Start and Grow Enterprise is a professional business support service funded by the EU and the University of Gloucestershire. Catalyst is an initiative they have launched for employers to offer to their at-risk staff, providing training to work for themselves and start their own business. Catalyst offers a wealth of fully-funded business support for the pontential enterepreneur or freelancer, including our comprehensive Start-up Course and follow on support such as workshops, coaching, networking, a competitive grant, and 1:1 support.

While our offering to Gloucestershire residents is completely free, Catalyst offers a dedicated Start-up Course for companies whose employees are facing redundancy, at nominal cost to the company.

For some employees facing redundancy, this will be an avenue they want to explore. Like all of our clients, they will have a passion for their chosen field but may lack the knowledge of how to start a business. Whether the issue is testing the viability of their idea, developing a marketing strategy, understanding how to set their prices, or how to do a cashflow forecast, Start and Grow Enterprise can help.

Our courses and workshops are led by seasoned professionals with years of expertise in their field, and are delivered online using Zoom. The Start-up Course runs over two 3-hour sessions covering the essentials of starting a business, including the enterprising mindset, identifying customers, and understanding finance, all to equip freelancers and entrepreneurs to turn dreams into reality.

The Start and Grow Enterprise programme has been running successfully for over 3 years, and has supported over 700 enterprises in that time. The team are very conscious that Gloucestershire employers are facing difficult decisions regarding employees, and are keen to assist in this process to offer individuals hope for the future. They work closely with the Growth Hub and GFirst LEP to encourage a dynamic, diverse and exciting economy across the county.

‘Gloucestershire has a rich history of commercial innovation and growth’, says Project Manager, Charles Dodwell. ‘We are happy to work with local Employers to offer a way forward for their staff, giving them hope for their future.’

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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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