Advice and support for business start-ups comes at the perfect time

Kirklees Council has launched a new Start-Up Business programme offering free support for new businesses.

Due to redundancies and disruption over the last year, many people who have been pondering starting their own business or turning a hobby into income have taken the leap.  An article from the BBC about businesses that started during the pandemic quotes people saying such things as:

“Lockdown put fire in my belly.”

“It was a sink or swim moment.”

“I thought, ‘I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Starting on 4th March, the programme is open to all businesses in the Kirklees area who have been trading for under three years. It will offer a variety of free support to help small businesses take the next step.

The Start-Up Business programme includes a 1-2-1 meeting with a specialist advisor, online workshops, support navigating council services, fact sheets, property search support, and 8-hours of mentoring for eligible businesses.

As an added bonus, businesses who join before the end of March 2021 can also get a FREE 12-month membership to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which includes legal guides and support, as well as nationwide events and workshops.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“Small businesses are vital to the local economy and we want to support as many as we can to help them recover and thrive, especially during these difficult times.

“This Start-Up Business project is an excellent opportunity for new businesses in Kirklees and sits perfectly alongside the business support that we offer for more established businesses. We want small businesses to know that the council will help you.”

Huddersfield Times has been receiving support from the scheme and highly recommend it!

Anyone interested in the Start-Up Business programme should contact startupbusiness@kirklees.gov.uk or visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/startupbusiness for more information. Please be aware only applications made before 31 March are eligible for the bonus FSB membership.

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