Free advice for entrepreneurs

Attending the official launch of Enterprise4Corby, at the Best Western Hotel, are project manager Janice Watkins, client Matt Hughes, University of Northamptonshire vice-chairman Nick Petford and project manager Abi Simms.
Attending the official launch of Enterprise4Corby, at the Best Western Hotel, are project manager Janice Watkins, client Matt Hughes, University of Northamptonshire vice-chairman Nick Petford and project manager Abi Simms.

People who want to run their own business and are not sure how to get started, or are unsure if their idea is viable, can get free help and advice.

The University of Northampton’s Business School has set up Enterprise4Corby, a European Regional Development Fund Business Support programme for Corby.

The service is open to all people living in, or registering their business in, the NN18/NN17 postcode and offers impartial, confidential, supportive and motivational coaching, advice and guidance through its Enterprise Coaching team.

A wide range of services is available from one-to-one business adviser appointments to a number of workshops. The workshops cover everything involved with becoming self-employed and are open to everyone, whether they have a business idea in mind or not.

For those who have a business idea, the experienced business advisers can offer more specific advice such as how to write a business plan and deal with insurance and legal matters, and they also run business start-up workshops.

More established businesses can get ongoing support from the Enterprise4Corby Established Business and Business Growth Teams, which offer bespoke training, business advice, coaching and mentoring.

All the services Enterprise4Corby provide are free of charge.

The service started in October and has already been a success.

Abi Simms, project manager for the Enterprise Coaching strand of Enterprise4Corby, said: “It’s so positive to have received so many inquiries regarding business start-up since the project began in October.

“This intensive support is so valuable to new businesses that are setting up and is not readily available in other areas of Northamptonshire.

“We are overjoyed that we are able to offer it in Corby free of charge and look forward to supporting more people in the future.”

The team is also organising some free networking events with guest speakers. The first one is on Wednesday, April 24, from midday to 2pm at the Best Western Hotel in Corby when the speaker is Jo Fairley, the co-founder of leading organic chocolate brand Green and Black’s.

To find out more about the services available, the networking event or to sign up for support contact Enterprise4Corby on 01536 560518 or email abi.simms@northampton.ac.uk.