The Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme provides free support to eligible organisations in Suffolk and Norfolk to help them become more energy efficient. BEE has a limited pot of European funding to support participating businesses to implement the next generation of energy efficiency measures. Register your interest:
The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk offers free support to help start or grow a business. This includes one-to-one advice, workshops and networking events as well as resources, access to databases and help to protect your ideas. Find out more at www.norfolk.gov.uk/bipcnorfolk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jobcentre Plus helps employers to fill their vacancies.
Kickstart is a government subsidised programme aimed at 16-24-year olds receiving Universal Credit and at risk of long-term employment described as an “innovative way to help young people into work and spur Britain's economic revival”. It was officially launched on Wednesday 13 October and runs until 31 December 2021.
The scheme aims to create high-quality 6-month placements in all sectors, through offering support for wages and training subsidies. The Government will pay 100 per cent of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions up to 25 hours, provided young person is given a quality position with a minimum of 25 hours a week.
Additional funding of up to £1,500 for support, training, uniforms, setup costs and equipment will also be paid by the Government per Kickstart placement.
Businesses recruiting more than 30 people can submit a bid directly online through the main Government Kickstart page: www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme
Businesses recruiting less than 30 people cannot submit a bid directly and must either pool together with other SMEs to create a batch of 30 roles or use a Gateway organisation. There are a number of gateway organisations in Norfolk for you to choose from, information on these can be accessed here: https://secure.dwp.gov.uk/find-a-kickstart-gateway
MENTA provides free, impartial business advice meetings at Norwich Library suitable for both established businesses ambitious to grow and start-ups. Book your place.
Free business skills training for people who want to be their own boss or have a start-up less than 12 months old, are available, regularly at two Norwich locations. For full details the Menta website.
New Anglia Growth Hub
Access free advice and support about any aspect of business growth your business is grappling with. The Growth Hub’s expert team of friendly and experienced advisors are trained to show you where to get the business support you need. All of the Growth Hub’s services are free at the point of delivery.
NWES provides professional advice and training to existing business and individuals wanting to set up in business. It can provide bursaries and loans as well as managed workspace in Norwich and across the county.
Open to Export is the Government supported free, online community for UK companies looking to grow internationally. It brings together experts from across the private sector and government agencies to help small and medium sized UK businesses successfully enter international markets.
The Prince's Trust is a national charity offering practical solutions to help young people to 'get their life working'. The trust offers a variety of programmes to help develop confidence and skills, as well as providing finance and other help to those considering starting a business.
UnLtd provides funding and support to individuals within the Norwich City Council area who wish to become social entrepreneurs and set up a social enterprise.
Youth Pledge for Employers is a European Social Fund project that supports employers to engage with 16-24-year-olds across Norfolk. This can be to offer young people talks or tours to raise awareness of your business helping you to recruit an apprentice or offer work experience or trials. Free of charge, they can help you advertise your opportunity and your business on www.icanbea.org.uk to reach young people.