If you’re thinking about starting your own business, our ‘start’ business support services have been created to help you.

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Setting up a Business?

You’ve got a great idea. You’re about to disrupt the world of business as we know it.

Now it’s understanding where to start.

Firstly, you’ll need expert knowledge from experienced business advisors. You might need business space and facilities or help developing your business plan. You may also need access to funding to really get your business off the ground.

Sounds expensive and time-consuming? Not with BCU Advantage.

Our start services offer all of this and more, ensuring your business start-up receives the support it needs.

Get Help With Setting Up A Business

If you’re eligible, most of our business start up support activities are free of charge.

We can offer:

  • Desk space, facilities and connectivity in our business incubation centre
  • Tailored advice and guidance from our entrepreneur in residence
  • Business start up workshops
  • One-to-one business consultancy from experienced professionals
  • Venue hire
  • Access to funding and grant opportunities
Please take a look at all of our Start services.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The best way to find the right programme to suit your situation is to browse our website. We have a variety of projects, programmes and support systems available. From our Growth Hub for creative companies to BSEEN for students and graduates, you will find plenty to choose from.

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Our Start Solutions are usually available to individuals, start-ups and early-stage SMEs in the GBSLEP region. Please check the eligibility criteria on your programme of choice to make sure it is right for you.

If you’re not sure, please get in touch with us.

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Our Start Solutions are aimed at innovative entrepreneurs and early-stage small businesses. We have a range of business support services to help get your idea off the ground. Whether you are looking for workshops, funding opportunities or practical growth support, browse our programmes today to find one that is right for you.

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Our programmes and projects are supported by schemes like the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England. That means we can offer a variety of free business support services to organisations in the GBSLEP region.

If your business is outside this region and you are looking for support, there might be a charge for accessing our services. However, we recommend contacting us to see if we can help.

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GBSLEP stands for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. It includes areas like Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Redditch, Tamworth, Lichfield, Wyre Forest and more.

If you’re not sure that your business is in this area, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to help.

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If you need more information or would like to discuss your situation, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to talk you through your options and answer any questions you might have.

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