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,Cheshire, Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull. and the South West (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Avon, Severn & Thames) 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
We offer flexible learning qualifications as part of our work to support those unemployed or on a low income into self-employment.
Our programmes give learners the chance to develop their business around their other commitments. We know that heading into self-employment can be difficult, but doing so while raising a family or out of work is a real challenge.This is why we developed a fully flexible tailored education programme.
Each learner has a dedicated tutor & mentor to help them with their business plan. Our pilot programme ran from 2018 to July 2019 and due to our success, we are now delivering this programme with Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU) and Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding across:
Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and the North East.