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Get Started with your business with county council support programme

A support programme for people looking to start their own business or who may have recently done so has been launched by the county council.

The Get Started scheme will complement existing start-up mentoring and loans initiatives which are making a big difference to new businesses in Staffordshire as it recovers from the pandemic.

It aims to bridge the gap between the two existing schemes (the Start-up mentoring scheme and Start-up loan scheme) to give participants extra confidence to launch or continue with their enterprise with the backing of free expert professional support.

This will involve accessing the services of appointed marketing and accountancy professionals free of charge – allowing entrepreneurs to test their business model through branding packages, market testing, website guidance and financial packages to predict profitability or to create a brand or website presence for their business.

The scheme has been set up following evidence gathered on what additional support start-ups need by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, which runs the current mentoring scheme.

Applicants can either be a brand-new business or one that has been trading for less than two years and be located in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).

Get Started, the start-up mentoring and start-up loans schemes all form part of the wider Staffordshire Means Back to Business programme. This is coordinated by the county council and has just received £750,000 backing from the Government through its UK Community Renewal Fund.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Get Started should email the team at: getstarted@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 01785 277375.

The Staffordshire Means Back to Business programme includes an investment to cover the costs for up to 500 apprentices, a training top-up fund for businesses to upskill their employees and a grants scheme to enable small businesses to thrive.

More information about all the support schemes can be found at www.stokestaffsgrowthhub.co.uk or by calling 0300 111 8002.

For more information about the Start-up mentoring programme, you can contact the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce directly on 01782 202222 or emailing info@staffordshirechambers.co.uk

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