Enterprising Worcestershire has launched a ‘New Year, New Start, New Opportunities’ campaign to encourage individuals to embrace the new year and follow their passions by starting a business.

The Enterprising Worcestershire programme offers a variety of support including free start-up master classes, business coaching, specialist consultancy support, business membership funding and start-up grants to help take business ideas to the next level.

Run by Worcestershire County Council, the support has been designed to enable start-up and early stage businesses to develop and prosper, which is particularly important in light of COVID-19.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The new year is the ideal time for a new start, especially if you’re thinking of starting a business. With such a wide range of support on offer, the Enterprising Worcestershire programme can support start-ups and entrepreneurs every step of the way.

“I would urge those looking to develop business ideas or considering self-employment to get in touch with the Enterprising Worcestershire team to turn help turn their ideas into a reality.”

The support is available across four key areas; start-up, early stage, high growth and business grants. Match-funded grants are available from £1,000 up to a maximum of £15,000.

As part of this, the County Council will also be partnering with the University of Worcester to launch the Enrich Programme, offering free support to young budding entrepreneurs over the age of 16 who are interested in starting their own business.

An exciting new partnership with Worcestershire libraries will also provide information and advice through key libraries across the county.

Individuals and businesses in Worcestershire can access resources and databases to support them with marketing and business planning and incorporating the libraries’ BIPC support can access specialist IP one-to-one advice.

With access to events and workshops, eligible businesses can gain valuable information and advice through libraries with signposting to further programme support.

The programme is funded by Worcestershire County Council, the District Councils and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For more information, please visit: www.business-central.co.uk/eworcestershire/

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