I want to start a business

What support is available to me?

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.

Other guidance on how to start your own business can be found on the government website: www.gov.uk/set-up-business

Prince’s Trust can also be a useful place for support starting a business: www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business

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

Tamworth Borough Council offers a Small business grant for businesses trading for 3 years or less. You can apply to access between £500 - £1000 in grants towards growing and developing your business. Please see more information here: www.tamworth.gov.uk/start-up-business-grant-scheme

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, and to stay up to date on new programmes and news, sign up to our Business e-newsletter

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.

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