Enterprise Works #supportastartup

by Jo Futhorpe - Enterprise Trust in Preston, Lancashire, England

Enterprise Works #supportastartup

Working together to support start ups & developing businesses. We aim to develop the next generation of businesses within the local area

by Jo Futhorpe - Enterprise Trust in Preston, Lancashire, England

We did it
On 3rd April 2018 we successfully raised £1,650 with 6 supporters in 56 days

Our aim is to enable and inspire more people to set up their own businesses and give them the tips and tools to be a success.  This will have a positive effect on the local economy and help the local area to thrive.

THE PROBLEM

Currently we receive on average 150 enquiries a month for help starting up a business.  Only about 10% of these are currently eligible for support through funded programmes.  This means a significant number are unable to get the help that they require to set up.

THE SOLUTION

We aim to fill the gap by introducing an inclusive programme of support aimed at engaging and inspiring all individuals to be able to have the tools needed to plan their ideas.  This programme of support will encompass advice sessions (face to face or online/phone) and workshops or seminars to help them develop both personal  and business skills in order to become a successful start up.  

WHO WE ARE

As a not for profit organisation we celebrated 35 years last Decemember and we continue to be a BEIS Approved Enterprise Agency.  We have seen many changes in the business support arena and wanted to launch this project to build on our achievements to date:

  • 35000+ advice sessions delivered
  • 3500+ workshops held
  • 3500+ businesses started up thanks to our support
  • 6000+  jobs created
  • Over 5 million in Start Up Loan funding (in last 4 years alone)

WHY ARE WE LAUNCHING THIS?

People who seek support to set up a business are 80% more likely to survive and thrive.  Starting a business can be a very lonely and isolating experience.  Coming to advice sessions/workshops and seminars and meeting with other like minded people can help boost the chance of success.   We want to make sure everyone has access to fully inclusive support services.

HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT

It takes over £500 to provide the support  to 1 business start up.  We aim to help an extra 100 in this year.  Donations raised will contribute to additional advice sessions, mentoring, workshops, seminars and networking to help individuals improve their skills and give them a better chance of starting up and succeeding.  We believe that the more this occurs, the better for our local area, other local businesses and the wider community and economy.

PLEASE SUPPORT A START UP TODAY - WHETHER YOU CAN DONATE £25 or £500 8f72a0ab6562dd894c0096bdef2c8bba65e524fd


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Individual Pledge

We appreciate not everyone runs their own business but some may wish to support our project. You can pledge to #supportastartup as an individual and will receive a personal thank you from our team

£50 or more

Small Business Pledge

You will be invited to 2 networking events during the year to network and raise the profile of your small business as a thank you from the #supportastartupteam

£100 or more

#SupportaStartUp Business Club - BRONZE LEVEL

You will be invited to 4 networking events throughout the year and at one of these you will able to make a presentation about your business to the rest of the Business Club. We will also have a Business Club directory which will include your company information, logo and a link to your website

£250 or more

#SupportaStartUp Business Club - SILVER LEVEL

You will be invited to 4 networking events throughout the year and you can make a presentation to the rest of the Business Club Members. You will have the opportunity to present a workshop to our client base, this may be on a personal skill set such as presentation skills, or an area of your expertise such as book keeping We will also have a Business Club directory which will include your company information, logo and a link to your website

£500 or more

#SupportaStartUp Business Club - GOLD LEVEL

You will not only be invited to 4 networking events throughout the year and you will able to make a presentation about your business to the club and host an event at your premises As a GOLD Member you will be invited to our AGM & Annual Dinner as our guest where you can network with other GOLD Members We will also have a Business Club directory which will include your company information, logo and a link to your website


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