Business startup and growth

Are you a startup launching a new product or service you’re really passionate about? Are you looking to make money online? Are you looking for more flexibility in your career with the potential to work from home? Whatever your reasons for starting a business, we understand it can be both an exciting and nervous time.

From registering your new company, writing a business plan and getting underway with sales & marketing to understanding tax, finance and funding available to your new business, the BSCs are on hand to help you achieve your growth ambitions through a range of business support initiatives.

Startup Support

Here at Business Solutions Centres, we specialise in offering startup support across the West Midlands.

A dedicated team at the BSCs provide startup support including free, monthly seminars as well as a new monthly blog designed to answer those all important questions a budding entrepreneur might have.

STARTUP SUPPORT

Growth Hubs

Growth Hubs work across England with local and national, public and private sector partners including Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), universities, Enterprise Zones and banks, co-ordinating local business support and connecting businesses to the right help for their needs. They are locally driven, locally run and at the heart of the government’s plan to ensure business support is simpler, more joined up and easier to access.

Supported by the University of Wolverhampton, Business Solutions Centres (BSCs) work in collaboration with the Black Country Growth Hub and Marches Growth Hub (Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin) to provide your business with a single point of contact and access to a wide range of support and expertise within the Midlands.

GROWTH HUBS
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Innovation Vouchers

Innovation Vouchers are available to eligible local businesses through a consortium comprising of Aston University, Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it allows small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country and The Marches to apply for financial support, an Innovation Voucher, worth £2,500.

INNOVATION VOUCHERS

SPARK Business Incubator

SPARK Business Incubator offers a unique environment where science, creative and technology startups can ignite and grow their ideas.

It nurtures a community of like-minded and focused science, creative and tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun.  By getting the right people together in the right space, good things emerge.

Currently home to over 25 businesses, SPARK Business Incubator provides flexible, managed, modern and relaxed work spaces so that you can focus on growing your business.

SPARK BUSINESS INCUBATOR

Supporting the Unsung Hero

The highly successful Supporting The Unsung Hero Dependants’ Business Start-Up Programme has been developed specifically for Dependants of the Armed Forces Community.

The scheme provides you with the transferable skills and support required to startup and maintain a business that will not be restricted to a geographical area; allowing families to become more financially stable and break the cycle of being unable to work.

SUPPORTING THE UNSUNG HERO
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Virgin StartUp Loans

The University of Wolverhampton is now a delivery partner for Virgin StartUp Loans in the Black Country. Anyone in the Black Country or surrounding areas who is eligible can apply for a Virgin StartUp Loan and support package.

If you have recently started a new business, are in the process of starting a business or are a start up with a fantastic idea and the drive to pursue it then the support provided at every stage of the application process, makes this a well-rounded and appealing option for many individuals.

VIRGIN STARTUP LOANS