Business support

Omicron Business Grants 

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The Business Support Helpline

Call: 0800 998 1098

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The Business Support helpline is a free, virtual multi-channel advice and guidance service, helping those thinking about starting a business, through to those who are already established and trading. Their advisers can discuss any aspect of business, and they offer a bespoke service tailored to individual needs at both the local and national level, providing tools, resources and signposting.

Whether you’re a business doing well, need a helping hand, or in distress, the Business Support Helpline provides support across a range of areas including help to navigate access to finance and funding. If you’ve been affected by coronavirus, the helpline will help you understand the support schemes available and regulations that now apply.

Not in work and looking for a job, want to boost your personal skillset, or want more information on the local jobs market?

The GFirst LEP, in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, has developed the Gloucestershire Skills Portal. This is a resource for people at any stage in their career, including links to support and helpful organisations. Whether you’re not in work and looking for a job, want to boost your personal skillset, or want more information on the local jobs market, the Gloucestershire Skills Portal serves as a one-stop shop to discover you next career opportunity.

Are you considering starting up in business in Gloucester?

A number of enquiries have been received by the City Council from those considering starting up in business on their own for the first time- whether as a freelancer, entrepreneur, or as a new business.

For all those considering this option, we would encourage you to look at the Start and Grow Enterprise project. Since 2017, SaGE have helped over 600 entrepreneur’s, freelancers and small business owners to come out on top.

Once you have signed up to the programme, you will get access to an exclusive members area, alongside a personalised action plan, where you can access free training and support. You can also apply for a £1,000 enterprise voucher.

For more details, please access their website here.

For more information on what you need to consider with starting up in business, please see our resources here.

Further support for businesses during the coronavirus outbreak

Be the Business have established a dedicated coronavirus page specifically for business owners and leaders, bringing together the latest government support, advice across themes such as supporting with staff and communicating with customers, how business leaders are reacting right now, and the best of what the rest of the web has to offer.

Access this resource directly here.

Other Business Support

Business rates and grant relief

Re-opening your business safely

Partner organisation support

If you have any further questions related to business support, please contact us at or phone on 01452 396 838.