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Starting and running a business can be the most liberating, fulfilling step you can take but it involves considerable hard work and can be fraught with difficulties.

This is why we recommend that you talk with us first and strongly recommend that you sign up to one of our half-day business workshops.

Our workshops will give you all the information you require to start up in business.

If we think your business idea will not work we will tell you and provide feedback.

If we like your idea or the business you’ve started we can offer a support package that is designed in consultation with you to strengthen and develop your business proposition.

This can include a 12-month programme of support from a Business Captain, a successful entrepreneur who will help you with business planning and perhaps stop you making expensive mistakes.

The simple premise with business mentoring is that it enables you to gain enormous insight, experience and knowledge from people who have  usually been through the whole business journey – from start-up, raising finance for growth and to exit.

We charge a one-off fee of £50 a year.  This annual fee has additional benefits including one year free membership of the FSB  (normally £150 a year) access to our enterpreneurial network, our Essential Business Expertise Workshops and numerous other networking events.

In the longer term, mentoring will help your business to become fully ‘investment ready’ so investors will be able to fully understand it, what your motivations are and how you intend to make money.

Very few small business owners who pitch for funding are successful in getting it. This is not because there are fewer investors around (the opposite is true) but mostly business plans are not comprehensive enough, ideas are muddled, research into which sector an investor finances is missed and those important warm leads and recommendations are not there.

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