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New Enterprise Allowance

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Help to start and run your own business

PeoplePlus run the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) programme, a programme that provides mentoring, advice and financial support to those in receipt of benefits who want to start a business.

If you have been referred to the NEA programme in 2021, you will continue to receive support from your business advisor for up to 12 months.

While this programme is no longer taking new referrals, if you are already on programme with us you can contact your business advisor at any point for further support.

If you are a customer on the programme, please contact your business advisor, or get in touch with our Enterprise team by calling 0161 507 6366 or emailing

You’ll get help with:

  • Business planning
  • Legal matters
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Start-up courses

And, once your business plan is approved, we can help you access £1,274 to help you start trading. You can still continue to claim benefits while you develop your business plan so there’s no risk.

We deliver this programme in:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire
  • Birmingham
  • Black Country and Solihull
  • Bath
  • Gloucestershire
  • Bristol
  • Devon & Cornwall
  • Somerset
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • Frome
  • Scotland

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To see what other support you could be eligible for, please fill in our enquiry form below:

We’ve helped more than 100,000 people to set up new businesses