Can you offer support to start-ups?

We have launched a new business support service for start-ups called Be Your Own Boss and are asking businesses what they can offer pro bono as part of the service.

The Be Your Own Boss service includes training courses, advice and guidance, networking events, bespoke business support and much, much more.

If you know anyone who wants to start their own business and is in need of support to do so, tell them all about Be Your Own Boss and pass on the contact details for the service: 01494 927130 /

What support can you offer to start-ups?

We are inviting businesses to support this service by sharing their skills, expertise, products and services with local people who are in the challenging formative stages of running a business, a position that many of those reading this would have been in themselves at some point.

This support could be in the form of:

  • Mentoring. Could you be the sounding board, the shoulder to lean on, for would-be and new start-up business owners? Could you provide an independent, external perspective on specific areas of business such as finance, marketing or legal issues, or more generalised advice on running a business, such as timekeeping and maintaining a work/life balance?
  • Workshops. Could you host workshops for people in the formative stages of running a business to teach them about a specialist topic (such as the above)?
  • Presentations. Do you have a story to tell with regards to how your business started up? We’re on the lookout for people to speak at networking events for start-ups, in order to inspire the next generation of business leaders.
  • Products and services. Can you make a pro bono offer of a specialist service or product such as web design, business cards, accountancy, telephone systems, stationery or office equipment/furniture?

To express your interest, or if you’d like to learn more about the kind of support we hope businesses will help us provide for start-ups, call 01494 927130 or email

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