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Funded training for start-ups in Norfolk & Suffolk

European Regional Development Fund

Are you looking to start your own business? Do you want to learn key skills for successfully running your new business? Do you want to meet likeminded new business owners and grow your network?

We have helped hundreds of new businesses with our award-winning start-up training programme. And, best of all, it is completely free of charge to people living in Norfolk or Suffolk.

During the three-step programme, you will learn all you need to know about setting up your business. This includes legal requirements, marketing your business, identifying your target audience and bookkeeping. Plus, you’ll be joined by likeminded new business owners enabling you to build a network and develop your business idea in a supportive environment.

The start-up training programme is fully funded by a grant provided by the ERDF (European Regeneration Development Fund). To be eligible to receive the training free of charge, you must live in Norfolk or Suffolk, be thinking of setting up a new business or have been trading for less than 12 months, and you need to sign up and complete all three workshops in the programme.


Our award-winning start-up business training is now available online. Delivered by live video conferencing, you can learn new skills and develop your new business from the safety and comfort of your home, while still benefiting from our trainers’ expert knowledge and building your business network.

Contact us to book now, or read on for more information below.

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Get the inside view

Meet Heidi, one half of the successful and award-winning business duo at Wild Play Ltd.

Wild Play provides outdoor learning opportunities and wellbeing initiatives for families, schools, local businesses and community groups.

Their business journey began with us and the start-up training programme, and now Heidi and her business partner Denise run a successful company that has achieved both local and national recognition.

Below, Watch our 3 workshop explainer videos and find out more of what to expect.

Workshop 1: Planning

What's covered?

  • Financing your start-up
  • Business planning and sales forecasting
  • Registering your business
  • The reality of owning your own business
  • Understanding self-employment after employment or unemployment

Workshop 2: Marketing

What's covered?

  • Marketing planning, strategies, tools and techniques
  • Tips for setting up a simple website
  • Using social media for your business
  • Understanding your customer base, and what they want
  • The key to success: identifying your USP

Workshop 3: Bookkeeping

What's covered?

  • Setting up simple hard and soft copy bookkeeping systems
  • Tax and NI explained
  • Excel spreadsheet templates for record keeping and profit, tax and NI calculations
  • Understanding Self-Assessment
  • Establishing best practice

Our customers say...

"Just another huge thank you to John and the team at Menta! Myself and my BO Rebecca are very driven and keen and have confidence in our business venture however since attending the course we now feel even more empowered by the knowledge we have gained!”  

Elle, Ipswich

August 2020

"Absolutely outstanding”  

Jane, Bury St Edmunds

July 2020

“John was a great trainer. He explained everything in a clear and concise manner and frequently checked in to see if we had questions”  

Louise , Norwich

July 2020

Ideal!  My thanks to the MENTA team for their help with my business funding and plans.

Jerome, Ipswich

July 2020

Having these resources delivered so professionally online has been a lifesaver, I lost my job and within weeks, had the training and finance in place to then become my own boss, I never knew I could achieve so much in such a short period of time. I loved the group support and we stay in touch with the other Start-up entrepreneurs we met.

Roger, Great Yarmouth

June 2020
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