When you join the Enterprise Programme, you’ll benefit from the skills, training and mentoring to make your business a success – along with the chance to apply for a low-interest personal loan for business purposes. This programme is totally 100% free.
We work with the Start Up Loans Company to offer low-interest personal loans for business purposes between £500 to £25,000 at a rate of 6.2% APR.
A Start Up Loan is a personal loan you borrow over 1-5 years at a fixed rate for business purposes. Start Up Loans lend to applicants who are 18 years or older at the time of application. Individuals can receive one loan per business, however, more than one partner in a business can apply for a Start Up Loan.
Please note that a credit check will be carried out as part of your application.
Not only do we set a payment schedule that works for you, but if your situation changes our team is on hand to provide support. But please note that failure to meet loan repayments may affect your credit score.
Small start-up business grants are also available in special circumstances.
What’s Involved In Enterprise Programme?
Stage 1: Info Session
Our programme kicks off with a free information session in your local area. We’ll tell you how we can support you and, if you’re still keen, we’ll also invite you onto our interactive workshop.
Stage 2: Workshop
During your workshop you’ll get to meet like-minded people. You’ll also have the chance to tap into a business adviser, covering everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax. Workshops vary in length but average between two and four days.
Stage 3: Build Your Business
After the workshop it’s time to start building your business. We’ll provide you with a mentor to support you as you plan and test your ideas. You’ll even have the opportunity to apply for personal loans for business purposes.
Stage 4: Launch
Before launch, you’ll present your business plan to our Business Launch Group. Their job is to ensure your idea is viable and sustainable. Don’t worry, there are no dragons here. It’s designed to be a positive experience for you – and to ensure there are no weak points in your plan. Additional start-up finance support is also avaialble as mentioned above. You can find out how this works here.
Join the Enterprise Programme here.
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