Start and Grow Enterprise

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​​​These university projects are part-financed by the Euro​pean Regional Development Fund Programme (ERDF), which aims to help local areas stimulate their ​economic development through innovation, business support, job creation and loca​​l community regenerations. View an overview of ERDF Eligibility.

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Start and Grow En​​terprise

Start and Grow Enterprise is here to help freelancers, entrepreneurs, and new businesses in Gloucestershire to grow. Whether you’ve started your journey already, or you’re still mulling it over, the range of free support provided is designed to help you make intelligent, informed decisions.

Offered completely free of charge to eligible entrepreneurs, you’ll have access to training, workshops, coaching, networking, events and resources - as part of a community of like-minded new business owners.


For those who haven’t yet started their business.

Our​ Start-up Day is the first step on the way to building a successful business. You’ll cover the most important elements of getting ready and getting started, along with those roadblocks that we see so often when great ideas meet reality.​​​

Our Business Planning Workshop will introduce you to an invaluable tool that will get you well on your way to a full-length business plan. Our Business Registration Workshop will guide you through the process of formalising, structuring, and registering your business.​​

Entrepreneurs’ Network Events: these fantastic events for all entrepreneurs are held monthly.​


For early-stage business owners​.

Growth Day: take your business from good to great; hone in on your specialisms, your markets, and solve those challenges which have been building up in the background.

Growth Workshops​: after your Growth Day, you can hand-pick another two​ workshops that focus on a challenge specific to the growth of you and your business.

Growth Coaching: the fastest-growing firms will be hand-picked for a package of free coaching, to help them keep the pace up and take their business even higher.

£1,000 Enterprise Voucher​: apply for a reimbursed grant to grow your business!

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