Enterprise Hub is the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Merseyside. Launched in 2016 it works to support budding entrepreneurs in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens and Halton to explore their business ideas, prepare them to start a business, and sustain their enterprise through the first year of trading.
Support for Starting a Business
Whether you are considering your self-employment options or have a clear business idea and are ready to receive guidance to start, the Enterprise Hub can link you to local support to guide you through your journey.
Through a combination of one to one advice and enterprise training Enterprise Hub will offer FREE support to:
- Understand the process of starting a business
- Research a business idea
- Build a comprehensive business plan
- Develop a marketing plan
- Create financial forecasts to understand the costs of running your business and potential income
- Identify sources of finance to get started.
Eligibility for Business Start-up Support
You can access support to start your new business through Enterprise Hub if you are:
- Residing in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens or Halton
- Currently unemployed, employed or economically inactive
- Looking to get support to start a business/go self-employed
- Not yet registered as self-employed.
Support for Sustaining a New Business
If you have recently started your business but would benefit from a bit of extra advice and support to ensure you not only survive but thrive in your first year and beyond, Enterprise Hub offer a funded programme just for you.
This interactive two-day programme will help you to conduct a simple business review and equip you with the tools needed to build a strategic marketing and action plan for building a successful and profitable business.
During the programme, the Enterprise Hub team will help you to:
- Review your business plan and strategy using a Business Model Canvas
- Reflect on your market research
- Review your pricing & value proposition
- Check your time management and explore time-saving tools
- Review your marketing methods and strategy
- Create an action plan
- Share experiences with like-minded business people
Eligibility for New Business Support
You can access support to sustain your new business if you:
- Have registered your business with HMRC or Companies House at an address in Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens or Halton
- Are running a business that has been registered for less than 12 months (the programme must be completed before your business reaches 1 year old) *Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of your business registration
To access Enterprise Hub support:
If you would like to find out more about the support available to new and fledgling businesses, simply contact The Enterprise Hub who will help to assess your business needs and link you to the relevant support via:
Telephone: 0151 706 8113
Delivery partner organisations:
City of Liverpool College are the accountable body for Enterprise Hub with The Women's Organisation taking the lead on delivery as the managing agent. Community partners Citizen’s Advice, Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service and Writing on the Wall offer wrap around support to help you tackle additional areas that may cause you concern along your journey. A partnership of local enterprise delivery organisations and strategic partners work together to offer expert advice and guidance, building Liverpool City Region as a central hub for enterprise.
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