Self-employment with the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

We are the prime contractor for the NEA start-up programme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull, and Scotland. We also deliver in Newport and Cardiff as a subcontractor. If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit contact your local Job Centre today and ask about NEA, a 13-week business training and grant Start-up scheme funded by the Government.

We will pair you with one of our Business Advisors who will provide guidance as they help you develop a business plan and mentor you through the early stages of trading. Financial support of up to £1,274 is also available in this scheme for each business owner, subject to JCP approval for NEA.

For more information on the support available to you or to book an appointment with our dedicated business advisors please contact your local JCP Work Coach and asked to be referred to NEA or contact us on 0161 212 7429 or email

Key Benefits

  • New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) is the Government Flagship Business Start-up Programme for the Unemployed
  • PeoplePlus has started and sustained more businesses under NEA than any other provider – 15,000 in the last 3 years
  • Customers receive a full suite of business training, including, marketing, social media, financial forecasting and book keeping
  • The NEA Allowance is a weekly amount paid by JCP to support in the early months of business start up

Sarah Niblock, Manchester “I never had the confidence to start my own business, but the support I received from my advisor was second to none. Starting a business really is hard work but I also have the benefit that it works around my other commitments. I already have more plans to ensure the success of Lots of Locks in the future and thanks to PeoplePlus I now have the drive to succeed!”

Quick details

  • Over 30 years’ experience helping new and small businesses get off the ground and grow.
  • Helping to create 45000 business start-ups.
  • 85% Of our customers are still trading after two years
  • 28% Have gone on to employ up to 10 employees
  • 6% High growth businesses with 10+ employees and turnover in the millions
    88% Of customers say their enterprise advisor was the key to their success

We plan to develop our partnership further with PeoplePlus. We found that the end result of working together made the effort from both sides very worthwhile. Guinness Partnership and PeoplePlus both learnt a great deal about each other and our potential together to improve choices for our customers.

Ian Simpson
Head of Access to Work, Guinness Partnership

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