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How to Start a Business

European Regional Development Fund

Learn How to Start a Business! If you are looking to start your own business? and want to learn key skills for successfully running your new venture, enjoy our 5* rated package of support, training and advice.

We have helped thousands of new businesses with our award-winning package of start-up training, supporting and advising entrepreneurs across Norfolk and Suffolk. With the free package of support, you will learn all you need to know about setting up your business. What it means to become your own boss and the business plans and steps you will need to action. 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 MENTA package of Start-up support is fully funded by the ERDF (European Regional 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.


Online training workshops

Our award-winning start-up business training is available online. Having launched this option in March 2020, our delegate feedback has been hugely positive. The fully interactive live training is delivered by video conferencing, you will learn new skills and develop your new business plans from the safety and comfort of your home, while still benefiting from our trainers’ expert knowledge and building your business network.

Book your How to Start a Business training below!

*You are required to sign up and complete all three workshops. *We plan to reintroduce our face-to-face sessions as soon as safety allows.

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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