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Business Enterprise Support have launched the Staffordshire Start-Up Hub after securing £33,894 in funding.

The funding was secured from NatWest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund and will allow us to support residents across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire who want to start their own business.


Judith Kirkland OBE, CEO of Business Enterprise Support with Andy Lee, Strategic Lead for Diversity in Business Natwest.

Judith Kirkland, CEO of Business Enterprise Support, commented: “Inclusivity and community is at the heart of what we do.  The Staffordshire Start-up Hub is open to everyone, whether you live in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, City of Stoke-on-Trent or further afield across Staffordshire or the Moorlands we want to engage with as many residents as possible to offer our free programme of support.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re currently unemployed, working full-time or part-time or even a local student considering being self-employed once completing your studies, we really do welcome everyone.”

Judith continues: “You may already have a business idea in mind or you may just know that you want to be your own boss.  The Staffordshire Start-Up Hub is here to support you to achieve those ambitions.”

The Staffordshire Start-Up Hub kicks off its first workshop on Wednesday 25th April followed by a celebratory event attended by members of the local community and neighbouring organisations.  Following the launch, residents will be able to take advantage of free monthly workshops based around business planning and budgeting, as well as support with Virgin Start-Up Loans, access to NatWest Community Bankers, free co-working space and Wi-Fi within Silverdale Library and telephone support from experienced business coaches.

Commenting on the organisations community roots, Judith added: “As a Community Managed Library, we work hard to source funding for community projects that benefit the very community we’re based in. We already host a number of informal social groups at Silverdale Library including Knitting, Lacemaking and Baby Bounce and Rhyme to name a few.  Now we’re able to merge our community status with our professional experience to launch the Staffordshire Start-Up Hub which can only be a positive thing for Staffordshire.”

To register for our upcoming workshops click here or call 01782 694 485.