Business Start-Up

Enterprise Hub is the enterprise gateway to access expert support for those starting or growing a new business in Liverpool City Region, offering high quality enterprise services and strategic engagement to ensure residents of Liverpool, Halton, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and St Helens, can access support to assess their ideas and growing enterprises and take them to the next level.

Wirral Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be offering this programme to Wirral start-ups and Wirral-based businesses trading up to 3 years by providing fully-funded support, mentoring and business planning.

But before we tell you about the programme itself, let’s introduce our Enterprise Hub Team.  We have an exceptional team with a wide range of skills and experience in helping pre start and existing businesses.  Our senior business adviser is Paul Rittenberg who has over 25 years’ experience in the business support sector and specialises in business planning and general business advice.  Our other business adviser is Heidi Lodge, who brings her extensive experience and knowledge of running her own business to the team as well as her training skills.  To round off the team is Finn Robinson.  Finn has an incredible eye for detail and is able to support businesses and pre-starts by offering social media reviews and programme systems support.  The team are able to provide one to one support and workshops for pre start and existing businesses alike.

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So, what is Enterprise Hub? 

Enterprise Hub is a fully-funded support package providing a minimum of 12 hours of FREE, tailor-made services not only for those looking to start their own business, but also to local, existing businesses (trading for less than 3 years) with aspirations to grow and develop.  If this is you and you are based on Wirral, then this is the perfect programme for you. 

The Enterprise Hub is here to help you maximise your potential, whether it’s for start-ups to improve their chances of starting a successful business, through the development of a business or marketing plan, the creation of financial forecasts, or even help in identifying sources of finance; or providing existing businesses with the solid foundation needed to take their business to the next level of growth in terms of developing a business growth strategy, taking on new staff, or developing leadership skills etc, Wirral Enterprise Hub has something for everyone.

Here’s a taster of what’s available:

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Workshops

Enterprise Awareness Workshop – a great introduction for people who are new to starting a business or just thinking about it.  It’s a friendly but informative session which will help you decide whether becoming your own boss is right for you. 

Business Planning for Success Workshop– ideal for both start-ups and existing businesses tackling a business plan for the first time.  This workshop will provide a step-by-step no-jargon guide, with practical, easy to use templates..

Marketing & Social Media Workshop– again, suitable for start-ups and existing businesses.  This is all about putting a targeted marketing strategy together and using social media as an effective marketing tool. 

Bookkeeping & Finance Workshop– this session is a must for existing businesses and for those about to start trading.  Rather than worry about record keeping, tax, expenses, VAT and legal structures, why not attend our workshop?  It’s delivered by one of our qualified accountancy partners and everything is up-to-date and relevant.

Bespoke Workshops – these are for existing businesses.  As we start to work with existing businesses, we will be watching out for trends in the types of support people are asking for and listening to suggestions from our businesses.  We will then be able to develop workshops specifically to support these needs, so any suggestions and feedback are most welcome.

One-To-Ones 

This is where we can really get to understand your specific needs.

Start-Ups – we can cover all the bases and apply these to your particular business idea.  This can be practical support on your business plan, social media reviews, marketing strategy, IP, logistics, financial forecasts, legal structures and so on.  We can even help you with a business loan application.

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Businesses Trading Up to 3 Years - maybe your business is up and running but you now feel it’s the right time to grow?  Perhaps you want to employ staff for the first time?  Or your marketing strategy needs a bit of a revamp?  Or what about a business plan for a business development loan?  Our experienced business advisors can provide you with tailor-made one-to-one support unique to your business needs and aspirations. 

All of our one-to-one sessions are confidential and uniquely tailored to your individual needs.

So, if you’re a Wirral resident thinking of starting a business, or a Wirral-based business trading less than 3 years and seeking to grow, please contact Paul or Heidi on: 0151 650 6940 enterprisehub@wirralchamber.co.uk  You can also check us out on Facebook @startupwirral

Enterprise Hub is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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