Starting your own business?

With free support for entrepreneurs with big ideas, you’re in the best place possible if you want to start your own business – The Growth Hub provides fully funded personalised support for businesses at all stages of growth. Plus, with excellent higher education facilities, you’ve got everything you need to become the next big thing.

National support

The Princes Trust

Support to start a business

If you’re aged 18–30 and are planning on starting your own business, the Prince’s Trust can help make your dreams a reality.

Visit the Princes Trust website

NatWest Business Matters

Supporting your business goals

Learn how to get your business off the ground with practical tips and advice, helping you to plan, set up and make it through the first six months.

Visit the NatWest website

The Start Up Donut

Start-up and SME resources

The Start Up Donut offers a broad range of resources for those considering starting their own business, with success stories, ideas and advice.

Visit The Start Up Donut

Local support

Intellectual Property Enquiry Service – Gloucestershire Libraries

Ask Us Business and Patent Library Centre (PatLib)

Get access to patent, trade mark, designs and copyright information through the PatLib centre. 

You can also find free company reports and targeted mailing lists for your marketing needs from the library’s Ask Us service. 

Visit the Gloucestershire Libraries website

Learning and training

Adult Education in Gloucestershire

Training courses and workshops

Make sure you have all the skills you need to start your business with a range of courses, workshops and qualifications.

Visit the GCC website

Gloucestershire College

Business Hub

The GC Business Hub is dedicated to supporting local businesses with employee training and apprenticeship programmes.

Visit the Gloucestershire College website

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Business studies

Learn the fundamentals of business with short courses and degree-level courses.

Visit the SGS website

University of Gloucestershire

School of Business

Boost practical, professional and personal skills with short courses, and get access to local talent.

Visit the University of Gloucestershire website

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