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Starting a Business

Gloucester Open for Business – a guide to opening your business in Gloucester - Easy to read guide, provided by Gloucester City Council, outlining information on available local support to help you start-up and grow your business in Gloucester.

Local Start-Up Programmes

Gloucester Business Support Programme - The City Council’s Business Support Programme offers a range of practical help and support whether you are already in business or thinking of taking your first steps, including:

  • Help in starting your new business 
  • Support during your early years of trading 
  • Specialist advice and guidance to help your business develop and thrive

The City Council has teamed up with Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited who can help in finding ways to overcome barriers and improve business performance as well as identify issues which you may not have considered.

Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd will also be able to advise on the level of subsidy which is available from the City Council. To qualify for the council subsidy you will need to be a resident of, or have business premises located within the Gloucester City local authority area.​

To contact Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd call 08458 389 963 or e-mailbusinesssupport@glosenterprise.co.uk or visit www.glosenterprise.co.uk.

Gloucester Enterprise Clubs - Gloucester City Council are working in partnership with Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd to provide free, practical, impartial advice on starting up your business in Gloucester.

Enterprise Clubs take place every month in Gloucester from 10.00am - 4.00pm. For further details and dates of the Enterprise Clubs please click here​​ or contact Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd on 0845 838 9964 or email info@glosenterprise.co.uk.

National Enterprise Allowance – Aims to enable individuals claiming JSA for 6 months or more to move into self employment. Speak to your local Jobcentre Plus Advisor for more information.

Start-Up Organisations or Services

The following organisations can support you to start-up your business:

Gov.uk – Free national information service for start up and established businesses

Business In You – Information campaign aimed at inspiring people to start and grow their business

Co-operative Enterprise Hub – Provides advice, training and access to small grants or loans to help people or organisations set up and run a co-operative

Co-operative Futures– Free information, advice and support to emerging, new and existing co-operatives, mutual and social enterprises

Fredericks Foundation– A charity organisation that helps disadvantaged people to set up or expand their own business by providing a comprehensive range of business support and micro-loan funding for business start-ups and small businesses

ICAEW Business Advice Service – The scheme offers start-ups a free advice session with an ICAEW-qualified chartered accountant.

Shell LiveWIRE – The UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business. Gain access to online support, funding and free help and advice

StartUp Britain – A national initiative that offers business services and promotes enterprise events and initiatives

The Prince’s Trust – Provides support including business training, key skills, confidence and motivation mentoring and financial assistance for people aged 14-30 years who wish to start up their own business

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme –The programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. Call 0800 842 842 for more information​

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