I’m an early stage business

What support is available to my business?

Guidance

Benefit from fully funded support and guidance in establishing a business through free workshops aimed for new businesses through the Enterprise for Success Programme. Information here: https://blueorchid.co.uk/enterprise-for-success/

This programme offers tailored support available to all potential new businesses and those looking to help their early stage business grow and develop. Delivered by a team of professional business advisors for enterprises which will trade in Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth and Cannock. For further information on the Enterprise for Success workshops please visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/enterprise-for-success-12429069697 .

If you are a Town Centre Business, you are invited to join our online business support platform, Tamworth Town Centre Business Hub:  https://tamworth-town-centre-business-hub.mn.co/

The online hub which is a platform for town centre businesses to keep up to date with each other, events, support schemes and initiatives that may be helpful to a growing business in our town centre. The hub acts as an entry point for further support for those who want it.

Premises

Tamworth Enterprise Centre offers office spaces, meeting rooms and virtual offices at affordable prices: www.tamworthenterprisecentre.co.uk/welcome  

Tamworth Borough Council Asset Management team at the council can help locate available council owned units, business premises or offices.

Local Commercial Estate agents can help locate all available units, business premises or offices: www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/Tamworth.html

Funding

You may be able to benefit from the Get Started and Grow grant offered by Staffordshire County Council offering professional help for start-up and growing businesses.

The Get Started & Grow scheme offers fully-funded expert advice and support for businesses aged 0-5 in Staffordshire, including:

  • Development of logos
  • Development of a new website, or improvements to what you’ve already got
  • Planning and accountancy support, including business planning, forecasting, getting loans and finance, etc.
  • A digital marketing campaign fully developed and delivered to engage with new customers

For more information please see: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/GetStarted

 

Other general information on funding can be found here: www.british-business-bank.co.uk  

Start-up loans and schemes can be found here: www.startuploans.co.uk

For further grants and funding schemes available locally, please visit our partner page [Link to Partners page], and to stay up to date on new programmes and news, sign up to our Business e-newsletter.

Growth Hubs

Growth hubs are a hub of knowledge on all schemes and business programmes available to your business. They are fully funded and offer free guidance and signposting to relevant partners who can help grow your business or overcome challenges your business may be facing.

Within our LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), your business can access the following Growth hubs for impartial support, brokerage and where relevant account management in specialist sectors:

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth hub: www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk

Stoke and Staffordshire Growth hub: https://stokestaffsgrowthhub.co.uk

Growth hubs can also offer unique programmes created and offered by them, including funding and grant schemes. Visit their websites for further information, newsletters and how to get in touch.

Things to consider

Do you need to speak to another department within the council for any matters to do with:

  • Necessary local authority approvals?
  • Licences?
  • Are you complying with Environmental policy?
  • Health and Safety/ food safety regulations?
  • Do you need Planning permission?
  • Do you need to register for any of the following?:
  • HMRC as a Sole Trader
  • Companies House and HMRC for corporation tax
  • Data Protection with the ICO
  • VAT
  • Does your business, product or service require?:
  • A DBS check
  • Insurances
  • Copyright protection / a patent
  • A solicitor to check your lease agreement?
  • An Accountant to properly manage your business finances?

For any other access to support:

Visit our FAQs page.

Visit our Partners page to see what other support is available to you.

Did you know?

  • You could access mentoring programmes to support you in growing your business?
  • You could access University and student support schemes to assist you with your business' projects?
  • There are webinars and skill developing schemes available?

For any other support or queries regarding your business contact us: Business-@tamworth.gov.uk