Together We Make it Happen
To provide dynamic support which nurtures people’s enterprising aspirations, skills and talents in order to create sustainable futures that grow tomorrow’s economy.
Business Enterprise Support – or BES – is a not-for-profit social enterprise primarily dedicated to helping people to start and successfully run their own businesses or social enterprises. BES have helped thousands of people from all different backgrounds prepare, fund and successfully launch businesses of their own across the West Midlands.
Our main priority at BES is the promotion of enterprise and raising awareness of entrepreneurship. We give people the skills and knowledge they need to start their own business, or sometimes to find employment. We strongly believe it is important to create sustainable businesses which are able to endure the tough first few years of trading and go on to grow into successful businesses which benefit the economy and their local communities.
We understand how challenging it can be as a new or small business, but we also know how rewarding, liberating and exciting it can be as an entrepreneur in control of their own enterprise. All our staff live and breathe startup. We all work closely together as a team to provide the best possible service for our customers. We are passionate about what we do and as a not-for-profit social business, any surplus we make is put back into improving the service we deliver.
We are also the delivery partner for Virgin Start-up across the whole of the Midlands. Entrepreneurs looking for funding can apply for loans from £500 – £25,000 to finance their new business. It’s more than just funding though; eligible applicants receive help and support to develop their Business plans and once they have been awarded their loan, they’re provided with a mentor directly from Virgin for the following 12 months.
Highly ambitious entrepreneurs can also apply for our Start & Grow programme which provides support for up to three years to make sure they create a sustainable business which progresses to create new jobs and secure external funding too.
We also operate BES Entrepreneurs’ Club which is a special membership scheme designed especially for entrepreneurs and small business owners based in the West Midlands. The membership gives exclusive discounts on our masterclasses and networking events as well as other member benefits, giving them the opportunity to join a community of local entrepreneurs looking to improve their business skills, improve their business prospects and network with each other.
We currently provide business support services in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
If you’re thinking of starting a new business or need help with improving your existing one, give BES a call on 0845 6787 826 to see how we can help you.