NEA Phase 2: New Business Start-Up Support

We work with customers thinking about self-employment for the first time. The support we offer includes, but is not limited to:

New Business Start-Ups: Advice and training to assist individuals with starting and running their own business, ensuring a successful transition off-benefits, including support from a designated business mentor to help with:

  • Designing a business model
  • Assessment of business skills
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Book keeping
  • Finding and applying for funding
  • Sales skills and customer service
  • Creating a business plan
  • Covid-19 safe working practices
  • Financial Support of up to £1,274 is available in this scheme for each business owner

Eligibility Criteria:

  • New Business Start-Ups
  • Aged 18 and over claiming any of the following:
  1. Jobseekers Allowance
  2. Employment Support Allowance
  3. Income Support
  4. Universal Credit
  5. National Insurance contributions only


For more information and to join our waiting list, contact Referrals on 0161 249 9898.

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund

The ESF invests in people, with a focus on improving employment and education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people at risk of poverty. The ESF investments cover all EU regions.

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