support to start a business

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Our Job Support Programme provides useful links and guidance.
This page contains information about support to start a business. 
For free business support and advice please Contact NWES on 01603 227840 / [email protected] 
or MENTA on 01284 760206 / [email protected] 


Nwes is a not-for-profit enterprise agency providing total business support to boost self-employment and encourage enterprise, including support to help your business start and grow.

TCHC Group Ltd

Offer practical training and development solutions. We have helped thousands of people facing redundancy and unemployment to re-train, improve their skills and confidence, and find rewarding new work, including setting up your own business.

Whatever challenges you may face at the moment, we are here to help.

TCHC Group Programmes:

  • Building Better Opportunities

This is a programme which supports local projects and organisations to tackle the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. Through this programme, we aim to help the most disadvantaged in our community.

  • Community Connections North (Norfolk only)

Tailored for individual needs, the Community Connections North offers a wide range of support from across our network of community organisations to help people to achieve their dreams and goals by helping them move towards or into employment.

There is a wide range of support available to meet the diverse needs of the local community, whether they are disabled, homeless, a migrant, lone parent, isolated or facing other factors holding them back, Community Connections North aims to help you overcome and grasp the local opportunities available to you.

The programme runs across Kings Lynn and, West Norfolk.

Contact: Nicola March, 0785 095 1904,  [email protected]


Business support in Norfolk and Suffolk offer advice, networking and training to aspiring and new businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk

Tel: 0800 085 5090

Tel: 01284 760206

Email: [email protected]

Business Support, Training & Space Across Norfolk and Suffolk – MENTA

Enterprise GY

Enterprise GY offers free business advice, support to create businesses plans, sourcing finances, finding premises and training, networking and mentoring.

Call 0800 458 0146 or email [email protected]

Advice – enterpriseGY

Princes Trust

A youth charity supporting those aged between 16-30 get into work, including supporting young people to start their own businesses.

Tel: 0800 842 842


Law Depot

Free business plan template on-line



Offers funded and full cost courses that may be beneficial to starting your own business


Tel: 0845 223 2401

Business Balls

Support with service contracts and supply agreements. Templates and tips



Free impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. also offer training and help to resolve disputes


Tel: 0300 123 1100

Start-up loans

Information on government-backed Start Up Loan of £500 to £25,000 to start or grow your business. Offers free support and guidance to help write a business plan, successful applicants get up to 12 months of free mentoring


Government guidance for start-ups

Information from Government about what you need to do to set up your own business.


How to register as a sole trader


How to write a business plan and cash flow forecast

Information from Government on how to write a business plan, free templates for business plans and cash flow forecast


Federation of Small Businesses

Support for small businesses to achieve your ambitions. UK’s largest business campaigning group. Membership starts at £147 per year


Tel: 0808 202 0888

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Norfolk’s largest business membership network, providing networking opportunities, offer business advice and signpost to business opportunities. Membership required


Tel: 01603 625977

Email: [email protected]

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Largest independent business forum in Suffolk offering members opportunities to network, trade advice and business services


Tel: 01473 680600

Email: [email protected]

New Anglia Growth Hub

FREE one to one support through an advisor on grants, setting up a business, skills and training advice.

Contact the Growth Hub via

On Track (Norfolk only)

On Track Provides a one to one coaching service to support young people into education training and employment, including setting up your own business.  We deliver a range of positive activities and short training courses.  We arrange and support work experience and volunteering.

Contact: [email protected]

Work Ready Programme 

Work Ready programme is designed to help. We work with job seekers to empower them to take the first step on the career ladder. Participants learn digital and other key employability skills, and gain work experience to improve their prospects. 

Getting young people ready for work – Building better digital lives – Digital impact & sustainability | BT Plc

Futures for You

Offer free honest, straightforward, and practical advice and support to start your own business or get back into employment.

Contact: [email protected]


Work Well Suffolk

Work Well Suffolk can provide help and guidance if you would like to start your own business or become self-employed.

Contact: [email protected]

Waveney & East Suffolk – call Alan Gadney on 07784 360829

Ipswich – call Wendy Frost on 07784 360831

West Suffolk – call Robyn Cardy on 07784 010650

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