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

You can also explore Staffordshire Chambers Start up programme which is a fully-funded programme of free advice, mentoring and support for people wanting to set up their own business in Staffordshire. For more information please go to: https://staffordshirechambers.co.uk/start-up-programme/

If you are a Town Centre Business, you are invited to join our online business support platform, Tamworth Town Centre Business Hub

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 starting 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

Explore local schemes such as:

Staffordshire County Council’s funding schemes:

0% Start-up loans

If you’ve a brand new business or your business is less than two years old, you could be eligible for an interest- free loan of between £3,000 to £5,000, which can be used for most purposes to allow you to fund those key purchases to get your business off the ground.

  • Interest free loans of £3,000 to £5,000
  • No set-up fee
  • No requirement for match-funding
  • Unsecured
  • Repaid in full after 12 months with no repayments prior to this

For more information please see: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Business/Staffordshire-means-Back-to-Business-Support-Scheme/0-Start-up-loans.aspx  

And

Get Started and Grow

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: 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, 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