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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.
As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. You can also benefit from access to new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for collaboration with business partners abroad.

Mr Toni Saraiva -info@eiscltd.eu

Enterprise First

Enterprise First offer a range of free support including independent advice and mentoring support.  One-to-one business support and workshops are available for start ups and established businesses.We’re a not-for-profit company, with public and private-sector funding that allows us to offer independent, confidential  advice and support completely free, or at a nominal cost.

We help people whatever stage they are at in business, doesn’t matter if you are pre start, a young business or a well established one.  We have a variety of services to support you on your journey.Need help with writing a business plan, securing funding, scaling up or just want a bit of advice?

Finding solutions is at the heart of what we do.  Our experienced adviser team work with you on a one on one basis to offer a bespoke package of support. Our services include:
Finance and access to funding – we can help you apply for a loan and help you start or progress your business
Business units for let – office and light industrial units
One to one business advice – this service is offered in areas where we have support from local authorities
Workshops on marketing and accounting – get the training you need

T: 0800 652 6254

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is a guarantee scheme to facilitate lending to viable businesses that have been turned down for a loan or other form of debt finance due to inadequate security or a proven track record. In instances such as this, EFG may be able to turn that decline into an acceptance, but that is a decision for the lender and will only be considered if the lender is satisfied that your business is viable and can afford the facility repayments.
The delivery of EFG, including all lending decisions, is fully delegated to the lender. They will decide whether EFG is appropriate and confirm whether your business is eligible, but businesses unsure about whether they meet the lender’s criteria for borrowing or have had a borrowing request declined are encouraged to ask their lender about EFG.

EFG supports a wide range of business finance products, including:

Term loans,
Revolving facilities, such as overdrafts,
Invoice finance facilities,
Asset finance facilities

List of lenders and application process

Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust was set up as an independent organisation 25 years ago to help consumers save energy.

Our mission has not changed, although our scope and reach has grown hugely. With the consumer at the heart, we’re continuing our work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.

Our insight of consumers runs deep. With expertise in energy saving behaviour, home renewable energy, transport and local energy programmes, we know how consumers work. We support businesses and organisations and encourage them to build from our insight and our unique reach with consumers.
T: 020 7222 0101
E: business@est.org.uk

Becoming an Employer

Having employees isn’t just about paying them. It’s also about understanding responsibilities such as statutory payments and sending regular reports and payments to HMRC.

Use the online guide on becoming an employer to find out about: taking on staff, running a payroll, sick pay and end-of-year tasks and what to do when an employee leaves.

HMRC also has a new series of five short videos to help and support new employers:
New employers the basics
When and how to pay PAYE
Payroll software and sending reports to HMRC
How to send your final PAYE submission
How to issue P60s

Digital Business Academy

Free online courses to help you start, grow or join a digital business.
Our mission is to build a pipeline of high-growth tech businesses by nurturing talent, publishing insightful research, and championing the UK tech sector nationally and internationally.

The Digital Business Academy is at the core of our strategy to build the pipeline of homegrown digital talent. We developed it to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to turn their dreams into real products and real companies. It is working. Almost 20% of our graduates report that they are starting digital companies after finishing at least one skill.
We have partnered with leading educational institutions as well as industry experts to bring you the latest insights to help your business grow.

Crowd Cube

Crowdcube have helped over 700 ambitious entrepreneurs fund their business’ growth, more than any other equity crowdfunding platform. You can increase revenue, improve customer advocacy and brand loyalty by engaging your network by raising on Crowdcube. To complement our unparalleled expertise, we’ve built the world’s most powerful crowdfunding platform designed to turn your friends, family, fans and customers into investors.

Policy and Resources One-Off Grant

The Executive Member for Policy and Resources has responsibility across the whole range of County Council activities and is able through its grants budget to give financial help to organisations which, for a variety of reasons, may not qualify for assistance from other grants streams available. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects or activities rather than general running costs of organisations. These grants are not intended to replace shortfalls in service delivery budgets or replace funding for other support you may be able to obtain, or that you have obtained from us in the past.

Applications are received throughout the year and formal Decision Days are typically scheduled on a monthly basis excluding August and November. As a general rule, maximum grants up to the value of £5,000 will be awarded.

European Innovation Council

The EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.