If you are aged 30 or under then contact either:
- Prince’s Trust There is the opportunity for some free training workshops following which there is the opportunity to apply fora soft loan and the services of a business mentor
- Young Britain who could also offer soft loan funding, mentoring and training Contact Young Britain
Older entrepreneurs can get business planning training, support and advice and access to a number of other training courses from:
- Access to Business Contact Access to Business
- The Business Solutions Centre at Wolverhampton Science Park Contact The Business Solutions Centre
Businesses in the Care Sector
Businesses setting up in the care sector can additional support from Amanda Spratt (01902 773761 ext 248) who is managing a project to support small business start-ups in this area.
Black Country Reinvestment Society provides loans of between £10,000 and £100,000 Contact Black Country Reinvestment Society
You can apply to your Bank for loan funding and if you have no security you can apply under the Enterprise Loan Guarantee scheme Contact Enterprise Loan Guarantee but you will need to have a first rate Business Plan. You could get support with this from Access to Business Contact Access to Business
In the present economic climate, one can often negotiate a rent free period at the beginning of a lease. Also if the rateable value (RV) of the premises is between £6k and £12k you can apply for a discount against the business rates payable. Until March 2014, the discount varies on a sliding scale of 100% discount at £6k RV to 0% at £12k. Find out more about the Business Rate Relief
Please see the follow the link to the Council Property pages View the council’s property pages.
Also contact the Commercial Agents in the City to check what they have on their books
There is some funding to support apprenticeship placements Find out about apprenticeships scheme.
If you google “business networking wolverhampton” you will find many opportunities are listed there. Just follow the link
In particular you could explore BNI, 4networking and Black Country Chamber. Each of these offers regular meetings. There is also a wide range of information on SYOB
The City Council works with the Black Business Network, the The Wolverhampton Business Forum and the Metro Business Partnership and is also working to establish networks for Women and for social enterprises. You should be able to find the established ones on the Internet but if you can’t and any of these are of interest to you please ring Mike Shields on 01902 550469 for contact details.