Business Start-Up Advice and Support

Learn more about the main organisations out there who can help you to make your small business idea reality.

Getting first-hand advice and guidance from trained professionals can help you test the practicalities of your ideas.

Below are details of some local partners that can help.


Start and Grow Enterprise

Set up to help Gloucestershire Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME's). Start and Grow Enterprise offers training, networking opportunities, and general advice, free of charge. They can help you take the first steps in your business journey, by offering a mixture of valuable experience and feedback on what you're looking to do . Participants can also apply for a £1000 reimbursable grant, to go towards the establishment of the business. 

We would highly recommend speaking with their team, regardless of where you are in your business journey.


Prince's Trust

Between the age of 18-30 and considering starting your own business? The Prince’s Trust free enterprise programme comprises a four stage process that takes you from business idea to official launch, with mentors ensuring your proposals will work. Their training and mentoring support to funding and resources can help you in becoming the best entrepreneur you can be.

Also, if you're considering where to start on your business journey, their team also offer a series of free online courses that can be accessed here.


Natwest Business Matters

Most banks that offer accounts for new business start-ups provide, as part of this service, start-up advice and support. Natwest offer a streamlined programme for you to consider how you can take your business ideas forward and make them a reality.

Natwest also offer the Entrepreneur Accelerator programme, three projects all for businesses at different times in their development. The pre-accelerator programme- for new start-ups- is an eight week intensive programme, fully funded by Natwest.


Start-Up Donut


Start-Up Donut offer a broad range of resources for those considering starting up their own business and is the first place to look if you are after inspiration for a new business idea. Their experts regularly release interesting insight and advice to help you in the challenges of everyday business- including marketing, recruitment, tax, and how to plan for and create growth.

Ask Us Business Service

Gloucestershire County Council provides an Ask Us Business Service which is available to help businesses in the county of all sizes and sectors. They provide FREE targeted mailing lists for your marketing needs whether you are working on a direct marketing campaign, looking to target highly lucrative and relevant markets, or conducting a business analysis by region or industry.  

They can also provide company reports on your behalf from their database Fame. Fame is a comprehensive business database and contains information on both public and private companies across the UK and Ireland which is provided by Bureau van Dijk.

In addition to the link below, you can contact the Ask Us team via the enquiry form here.

Still not sure where to begin with getting your business started? Get in touch with our team directly- they're on hand to point you in the right direction.


Telephone: 01452 396838


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