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Get Started

The Get Started scheme complements existing start-up mentoring and loans initiatives and aims to bridge the gap between the two existing schemes (the Start-up mentoring scheme and Start-up loan scheme) to give participants extra confidence to launch or continue with their enterprise with the backing of free expert professional support.

This will involve accessing the services of appointed marketing and accountancy professionals FREE OF CHARGE - allowing entrepreneurs to test their business model through branding packages, market testing, website guidance and financial packages to predict profitability or to create a brand or website presence for their business.

The scheme has been set up following evidence gathered on what additional support start-ups need by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, which runs the current mentoring scheme.

Applicants can either be a brand-new business or one that has been trading for less than two years and be located in Staffordshire.

Get Started, the start-up mentoring and start-up loans schemes all form part of the wider Staffordshire Means Back to Business programme which has received £750,000 backing from the Government through its UK Community Renewal Fund.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Get Started should email the team at: or call 01785 277375.