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Starting & Succeeding in Business – SELEP

Do you need support with your new business? Do you have a business idea you’d like to get off the ground?

We can help! 

Two courses that are designed for those who are looking to or recently started a new business, as well as those made redundant or have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19, alongside 1-2-1 business support, access to free events and videos to help you grow your business we also have grants from £500 to £2,000 available to eligible pre-starts or SMEs.

Funded by South East LEP

SPEED YOU UP

What is it?

Two courses that are designed for those who are looking to or recently started a new business, as well as those made redundant or have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19

The courses will cover a variety of subjects including:

  • Researching, planning, setting up and marketing your business
  • Developing your brand
  • Growing your business

Once registered you will have access to a free online only series of business start-up courses, 1-2-1’s and a specialist week-long event, supplemented by a 24/7 Start-up App and a range of wider learning materials.

Eligibility

Located or trading in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and/or Thurrock and can include Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies and charities engaged in economic activity.

Business Start Up Programme (BSUP)

  • Basic Business Diagnostic completed via 1-2-1 conversation to determine business support need
  • Beneficiaries must have a realistic proposal/ business idea that has the potential to operate during and/or beyond a COVID 19 climate and/or have lost their job as a direct result of COVID 19 (i.e. re-starts)
  • Basic business plan (two-pager) to be completed by the start-up and reviewed by a project advisor
  • For re-starts, a referral from DWP/JCP is accepted (subject to meeting the above criteria as well)
  • Beneficiaries eligible for the BSP may be onboarded to the BSUP if they would benefit from inclusion, subject to discussion with a project advisor

 

Business Success Programme (BSP)

  • Start-ups for the purposes of this programme are SMEs with either sole trader status or be registered with Companies House that has been trading for up to three years; support recipients must be the sole trader, or the owner or an agreed representative from the registered business
  • Beneficiaries must have the potential to operate during and/or beyond a COVID 19 climate and/or have lost their primary employment as a direct result of COVID 19
  • Businesses who have attended the BSUP course are eligible to attend the BSP course once they are officially registered as a business

 

Grants, 1-2-1 Support, Digital Tools + more...

WSX Digital brings to you a suite of resources, services, tools and
support to help you to start, run and grow your business in a digital age.

Where Support Is Offered - Adapting to Digital-SELEP

Where is support offered?

The Adapting to Digital team operates online across South East LEP region, delivering all workshops, training sessions, 1-2-1’s, and more.

Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Medway, Kent & East Sussex.

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