Business Support

The Enterprise Telford Business Support team are specialist advisors from Telford and Wrekin Council with extensive knowledge and connections to inspire and champion local businesses. The team is located in the Marches Growth Hub at the University of Wolverhampton, Telford Innovation campus - Business Solutions Centre.

We offer FREE Business Support to all Telford and Wrekin businesses. Our specialist advisors can sit down with you and help you with your business whatever stage of the business journey you are on, from initial idea to growing and established. The team have access to a wide range of tools and know-how and offer:

  • Free one to one meetings with one of our Enterprise Telford business advisors
  • Help with finance and funding, skills and recruitment, land and property, business and planning. 
  • Networking opportunities
  • A range of Events through our  training and workshops calendar 
  • Access to business intelligence

If a member of the team doesn’t have the answer, we’ll know someone that does. Call us on 01952 567589 or email us on: enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

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If you’ve had an idea for a business but don’t know where to start, we are here to help. Book a meeting with one of our business support team advisors from Enterprise Telford or attend one of our workshops. We can help you get your business off the ground.

It is important to get things right when you’re starting out, this is more than coming up with the big idea! You need to conduct some market research on what is already out there, work out who your competitors might be, figure out what is your unique selling point and why would people buy your products and services. By doing this you can better understand how you are going to market your business, decide what your budgets and timescales are. Then most importantly write a business plan and create a cash flow forecast. These are the type of things you need to think about to turn your idea into a reality.

There are a range of options available to you through the Enterprise Telford business support team starting from:

  • A telephone call or email enquiry
  • Booking a one to one meeting with a specialist advisor
  • Attending any of the free training workshops or networking events
  • Access to COBRA online reference resource
  • Help to apply for finance, funding, grants, loans, voucher schemes
  • Access to Marches Growth Hub facilities e.g. hot desking and room hire

Additionally, there are also programmes available to businesses based in Telford to guide you through the early stages of setting up your business. These include Start2Great:

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk.

 

Starting up your own business is an exciting and daunting time. There are so many things to do and we can help you put in place best practice right from the start. Our knowledgeable Enterprise Telford business support team advisors can connect you to the right people and resources to ensure that your business has all the opportunities and tools available to be successful.

There are a range of options available to you through the Enterprise Telford business support team:

  • Booking a one to one meeting with a specialist advisor
  • Attending any of the free training workshops or networking events
  • Access to the COBRA online reference resource
  • Advice on how to export your products
  • Help to apply for finance, funding, grants, loans and voucher schemes
  • Access to Marches Growth Hub facilities e.g. hot desking and room hire
  • Marches Growth Hub Business Support Finder: https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/?f=291

Additionally, there are also programmes available to businesses based in Telford to guide you through the early stages of setting up your business: www.start2great.co.uk/

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  • Help to get your new business venture off the ground
  • All the knowledge and confidence you need to realise your dream of starting your own business
  • Four-part Start-Up workshop and individual coaching

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk.

Having started your own business, it can grow quickly. Our specialist team of business support advisors at Enterprise Telford can help you take the next steps whether it’s employing your first member of staff or renting your own commercial premises. Growing your business and team will also mean providing training for your staff and our range of free training and events can be useful to invest in your people.

Funding might also be something you need to consider when growing fast, our team can help signpost you to the latest grants and loans available to Telford based business owners. As your business grows so may your requirements for space, our team can also work with you to secure the best home for your businesses future whether it’s an existing property or a new build that you invest in.

There are a range of options available to you through the Enterprise Telford business support team:

  • Booking a one to one meeting with a specialist advisor
  • Attending any of the free training workshops or networking events
  • Access to the COBRA online reference resource
  • Help to apply for finance, funding, grants, loans, voucher schemes
  • Advice on renting premises or buying land
  • Advice on workforce development, employment, apprenticeships, skills
  • Signposting to workshops, business networks, Chambers, mentors

Additionally, there are also programmes available to businesses based in Telford to guide you through growing your business: https://www.smarter-growth.com/

  • Support for your business growth journey
  • Help to realise your business ambitions
  • SmarterGrowth advisors who know the journey you’re on, because they’ve done it themselves
  • Exploiting new market opportunities and make the most of the ones you have
  • Realise efficiencies through streamlined processes
  • Unlock the potential in your workforce to become a high-performance business

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

As your business grows we can help guide you on building for the future to ensure scalability, efficiencies, infrastructure, revenue and resources continue to be in place. We hold a range of events through the year including key topics such as finance to help businesses understand how to maximise operating costs and turnover to achieve sustainable growth.

Access to investors, venture capitalists, business angels might be the next step for your business. The Enterprise Telford team and its partners can help connect with the right people, programmes and networks to continue to build your organisation’s brand and capability. We can also provide advice on how to develop your workforce and even in times of difficulty support you if you are considering redundancies.

There are a range of options available:

  • Booking a one to one meeting with a specialist advisor
  • Attending any of the free training or networking events
  • Advice on property and land
  • Help to apply for finance, funding, grants, loans, voucher schemes
  • Advice on renting premises or buying land
  • Advice on workforce development, employment, apprenticeships, skills
  • Signposting to workshops, business networks, Chambers, mentors
  • Advice on redundancy

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

Getting the right team of people working in your business is essential to its success, it’s also vital for increasing productivity and growth. This can be challenging and the employment and skills system in place complex. Our team of advisors are available to help navigate the support that exists and assist with the development of bespoke solutions that will serve current and future skills needs in your business.

This ranges from growing your own, so whether you want to recruit, train, upskill, take on an apprentice or offer work experience we can help. We can also assist if you are looking at the management and leadership in your business but don’t have the time to find the right training.

As part of our FREE support to all Telford and Wrekin businesses, our team - which includes a skills specialist - will work with you to tailor a solution that matches the needs of the business using a range of high quality programmes delivered by talented providers. Our range of services include:

  • Knowledge of our local labour market
  • Free advertising of vacancies via Job Box, all Telford & Wrekin frontline services, partner organisations and social media channels
  • Advice on recruitment methods and job adverts
  • Links to graduate employment and recruitment
  • Supporting Jobs Fairs, Taster Days and Recruitment Days
  • An advertising, selection, sifting and interviewing service
  • Pre-employment training and Skills Based Work Academies (SBWA)
  • Links with specific school/college courses for recruitment
  • Redundancy support for the employer and employees
  • Facilitation of redeployment opportunities

 

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

Growing your business is a journey that will need to be appropriately financed in order to be successful. It’s important to ensure that the money is in place when embarking on initial plans and also further along the way once the need to be sustainable becomes more critical.

A great place to start for more information is the British Business Bank which is a Government-owned, independently-run development bank. As well as resources on the website https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ an Information Hub has been developed to help businesses understand and discover the finance options that are available https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/finance-your-growth/.

As part of our FREE support to all Telford and Wrekin businesses our specialist advisors can also provide information on a range of finance and funding options. This includes support with applying for grants including:

  • Business Growth Programme (BGP) aims to support supply chains, innovation and expansion by offering grant support of £2,500 - £1,000,000 to existing business-to-business small to medium enterprises (SMEs) who are ready to invest, grow and create jobs
  • Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) aims to identify significant savings in energy use which is a major business expense. It offers an initial assessment of equipment, premises, processes and performance as well as grants of up to £20k
  • Marches Building Investment Grant (MBIG) offers capital grants to facilitate the reconfiguration, extension or renovation of commercial business premises with grants for up to 45% of the total project costs up to a maximum £100k

There are a wide range of other grants and partner programmes which the team can help sign post to or have a look at the Finance & Funding page on the Marches Growth Hub website.

The team also work closely with the fund managers that form part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) which is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. There are four funding options:

  • Proof-of-concept: up to £750k early stage equity funding for businesses looking to get their product off the ground
  • Small Business Loans: £25k - £150K for new or growing businesses
  • Debt finance: £100k - £1.5m loans for businesses that can demonstrate growth potential
  • Equity finance: up to £2m for businesses with ambitious plans for growth

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

A business plan is a vital business tool that outlines your vision and how you are going to deliver it!

If you're hoping to start your own business, you'll definitely need this – it’s a basic requirement if you are trying to secure finance. If you already run an established business and you want to grow, a business plan can give you the clarity you need to understand your aims and how you're going to reach them.

There is a lot of information on the internet to help you, such as this great step-by-step guide but here are five top tips to get you started:

  1. Be clear – This might sound obvious, but you need to be able to show this plan to someone who knows nothing about your idea or business. Show clearly what you want to achieve and how you are going to get there.
  2. Do your research – Make sure you've got the statistics and facts to back up how you're going to make it work. Include any key financial forecasts, market research or other important information that you need to make your business succeed.
  3. Be realistic - Take a reality check when you write your plan. Include a short SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of your business - it could pay dividends in the long run if you're ready to tackle any problems head-on.
  4. Get a second opinion - As well as picking up on any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, another person may well spot a vital piece of information you've missed or think of something you haven't - as they’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes.
  5. Keep it simple! - Writing a business plan that is pages long isn't necessary. A succinct and clearly thought out plan of action that covers all the major points will always be better received by those you're engaging with.

As part of our FREE support to all Telford and Wrekin businesses our specialist advisors can also help to get you going. We run regular interactive sessions at the Growth Hub that will equip you with the skills to create a really effective business plan whether you are just starting or an established business looking to re-boot what you do.

For more information just give us a call on 01952 567589 or email us enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

 

The Marches Growth Hub is a collaboration between Telford & Wrekin Council, The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centres. Facilities include:

  • Hot-desking (membership from £80 +VAT pcm)
  • Catering facilities
  • Meeting room hire (capacity 6 people / £30 half day / £40 full day)
  • Board Room hire (capacity 8 people / £40 half day / £60 full day)
  • Hire our state of the art Visualisation Centre with 3 large projection screens and a smart board (capacity 30 people / £80 half day / £150 full day)

These facilities can be booked by contacting the Enterprise Telford team at the Hub on 01952 567589 or email enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk