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What is Start and Grow Enterprise?

About us

We’re here to help freelancers, entrepreneurs and new businesses to grow. Whether you’ve started your journey already, or you’re still mulling it over, our range of free support is designed to help you make intelligent, informed decisions.

Offered completely free of charge, you’ll have access to training, networking, courses, events and resources - as part of a community of like-minded new business owners.

Since 2017, we’ve supported over 700 ambitious entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire to start businesses, solidify plans, and take their companies from budding to booming.

Free training

We offer two levels of free training and support, depending what stage you’re at:

START | You’ve got the aspiration and ambition, but you haven’t got your idea off the ground yet. We can help you get set in the right lane

GROW | And you’re off to a flying start, but now you’re running into those challenges that everybody warned you about. Let’s solve them together.

You can then choose from a wide variety of 3-hour workshops to help you build the skills you need to be a successful entrepreneur.

Watch our trainers talking about two of our most popular courses. In this video Sam Copland tells you who the Marketing Your Start-up workshop is for and exactly how it will teach you to market your business with confidence. In this video Lesley Shelley tells you who the Finance, Tax & Cashflow workshop is for and how it will help you finally get on top of your business finances.

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Ingenuity 2020!

The University of Gloucestershire has partnered with Ingenuity, a national programme looking to invest in the next generation of impact-driven start-ups that will transform society and the environment. This opportunity is open to innovators in business and those creating new businesses. Through taking part you will...

  • Gain an understanding of the key social and environmental issues to develop your business ideas.
  • Learn from experts in industry, universities, government, charities, and the wider community to develop business solutions.
  • Pitch to industry specialists and compete for over £400,000 of investment and support.

    If you have a great business idea that could help drive the UK's recovery and rebuild a better society post-coronavirus, apply today! You must apply before 28 February 2021.

    If you are a business development or sector-specific specialist and want to use your mentoring skills to help support the next generation of changemakers, sign up today and start making a difference.

  • Hear from one of our trainers

    Our START and GROW courses are special events, where you’re just as important to the learning as the trainer is. You’ll work alongside your fellow entrepreneurs, hearing what’s worked for them, and what hasn’t, and learning how to dodge the same hurdles.

    One of our trainers, Jules, explains in this video why expert help can be so instrumental in the early parts of your journey. In Jules' courses, you’ll meet like-minded people, develop new skills, identify solutions and much more.

    Watch the video here.

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    And much more...

    Becoming part of the Start and Grow community will give you access to:

    • free networking events
    • free business coaching
    • free training and expert guidance
    • free co-working space at The Gloucester Growth Hub.

    • free advertising through our marketing channels.

    • free skills exchange from fellow entrepreneurs.

    • free inspiring talks from business and industry experts.

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    The great news? You’re not alone

    99% of businesses in the UK are SMEs, just like yours. But Gloucestershire SMEs are special. We buck the national trend in supporting small businesses, and more businesses start up than fail in the county every year.

    Alongside the team of Start and Grow Enterprise, and within the community it has created, you’re in the best place to launch and build your dream business.

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    To take part in the Start and Grow Enterprise project, you will need to complete a short joining form.