SOLIHULL Council is busy promoting business through its Solihull, Enterprise for Success scheme.
The idea of starting up a business can be very exciting, but with so many things to think about, it can also be confusing.
The secret is to find out as much as possible, and to seek expert advice.
SES offers business advice and mentoring to individuals in the borough who want to start up their own business – and its completely free.
The programme offers a comprehensive range of business start up services and has helped over 270 budding entrepreneurs in Solihull since January.
Mark Randell and Kate Golby have both been supported by the scheme – Mark with setting up Randells Window Cleaning and Kate who has set up a marketing and communications business called Kasaris Communications.
Both agree the support they received was very useful.
“My Enterprise for Success mentor helped me develop my business idea, and gave me great advice on market research. After I’d carried out the research I felt a lot more confident about making my business a success.” said Mark.
“My mentor gave me some very appreciated support while I was setting up,” said Kate.
“He was really encouraging and because he’d run his own business I knew his advice was sound.”
Councillor Ian Courts, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “It’s great news that we have so many people in Solihull looking to start their own business.
“There are 4.8 million businesses in the UK, 99 per cent are small businesses employing less than 50 people and 74 per cent have no employees so giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to start and grow a business is an essential part of boosting our economy.”
For further information on the Solihull Enterprise for Success scheme please call – 0121 704 6363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to http://www.solihull.gov.uk/enterprise/default.htm.