This programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund
PeoplePlus offers three key self employment programmes.
New Enterprise Allowance
PeoplePlus is the prime contractor for the New Enterprise Allowance start-up programme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull. We also run the contract in Scotland.
Anyone in receipt of government benefits can contact their local job centre in the above areas to ask about NEA. Depending on eligibility individuals could receive a 12-week business training scheme funded by the Government.
On the programme, participants are paired with one of our Business Advisors who will provide guidance to develop a business plan and mentoring support 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.
The Start Smart programme is our self-employment programme in Greater Manchester, helping people to start a business or grow an existing one.
The programme is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the GC Business Growth Hub. It offers practical fully funded advice and guidance to individuals start or sustain a business. It is open to eligible residents and businesses in Greater Manchester.
What’s Available on Start Smart?
- Dedicated Business Advisor
- 1-2-1 Mentoring
- Signposting to business resources nearby
- A suite of workshops and seminars to get started, topics include: Business Planning, Book-Keeping, Finance and Marketing masterclasses
- An assessment of business ideas and viability
- Support with applying for finance and loans
- Marketing support to start promoting the business
- Help to install a book-keeping system
- Continued support through the programme
- Networking opportunities with other Small and Medium Enterprises
Enterprise Learning Plus
This is our flexible learning programme. We aim to support parents into self-employment in the North West.
Enterprise Learning Plus gives parents the chance to learn and develop their business around their children. We know that heading into self-employment can be difficult, but doing so while raising a family is a real challenge.
This is why we developed a fully flexible tailored education programme. We want to support people with their studies and their commitments. Each participant will have a dedicated tutor and mentor to help them with the qualifications and business plan. The programme offers 1-2-1 support, business mentoring and a fully flexible programme of modules which can be completed at home, over the phone, in a classroom or even online.