How to Start a Business - Fully funded Start-up Business Training and advice across Norfolk & Suffolk.  

Considering starting your own business and need some help?
Over the past few years, we have helped hundreds of businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk start their new business and we are here to help you. Our training and support sessions are fully-funded and run at locations that include
Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Beccles, North Walsham, Dereham, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.
Our team will guide you through the setup and legal requirements of starting a business, how you can market your business and reach the customer and audience base.
Our workshops and business training are designed improve your existing knowledge and help grow your business idea.  
We also offer fully funded social media training as part of the programme of support.

Useful links for Start-up businesses.
HM Revenue & Customs have their new FREE e-learning portal with advice on both Tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business. Here
For those already trading, check MENTA Masterclasses - from TAX training to Marketing & Social Media training. Here
Searching for a Start-up loan? Find more on those and general business funding. Here
Networking across Norfolk and Suffolk. Here
eLeanring Start-up

Have a question + Need to chat it over + Can't find the date to suit you?  Email: maggie@menta.org.uk

Become Your Own Boss & Start your business

At MENTA, we have designed a series of three, Fully-Funded Business Start-up business training workshops.

These half day training workshops cover Business Planning, Marketing and Bookkeeping. Our trainers are business experts who have been self-employed and run their own businesses. The sessions are fun, informal and will help you set up your business.

You are eligible for this FREE support if you live in Suffolk or Norfolk - whether you are thinking of starting up a business or have been trading for less than 12 months. MENTA’s Start Right series is funded by the ERDF (European Regeneration Development Fund).

  • You must attend all three training sessions, beginning with Start Right Business Planning but can swap between locations to suit your diary.
  • Book today to start your new venture.
  • Choose your location and GO!
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Start-up Business Planning Workshop

What it  covers:

  • Self-employment, particularly after employment or unemployment

  • Structuring & registering your business, including legal entity options

  • Simple business planning & sales forecasting (Word & Excel templates provided)

  • Financing your start-up

  • The reality of owning your own business

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

What it  covers:

  • Self-employment, particularly after employment or unemployment

  • Structuring & registering your business, including legal entity options

  • Simple business planning & sales forecasting (Word & Excel templates provided)

  • Financing your start-up

  • The reality of owning your own business

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

Business Sales and Marketing Workshop Icon

Start-up Marketing Workshop

What it  covers:

  • How to identify & market to your customer base – the key to success!

  • Marketing planning, strategies, tools & techniques

  • Tips for setting up a simple website

  • Using social media for your business

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

What it  covers:

  • How to identify & market to your customer base – the key to success!

  • Marketing planning, strategies, tools & techniques

  • Tips for setting up a simple website

  • Using social media for your business

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

Book keeping Workshop Icon

Start-up bookkeeping Workshop

What it  covers:

  • Setting up the simplest of bookkeeping systems on paper or using Excel

  • Tax & National Insurance

  • Excel spreadsheet templates provided to aid record keeping and profit, tax and NI calculations

  • Understanding Self-Assessment, including example bills

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

What it  covers:

  • Setting up the simplest of bookkeeping systems on paper or using Excel

  • Tax & National Insurance
  • Excel spreadsheet templates provided to aid record keeping and profit, tax and NI calculations

  • Understanding Self-Assessment, including example bills

  • Experienced trainers with direct Start-Up and Business knowledge

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Don't take our word for it

testimonials
"So helpful!  I have learned more than I ever expected to.  Met lots of other people in the same stage as me.  They were great tutors with huge amounts of knowledge and I now feel miles ahead of where I was before!"
Review of the MENTA Start-up Workshops: by Amelia
“Absolutely loved this. It’s energised me and helped me
focus on my journey forward. Both Sally and Jo are amazing tutors!”
Review of the MENTA Start-up workshops : by Kerry Langham

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