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#START-UP TRAINING fully funded & first class*

Nurturing and facilitating new businesses since 1984

At MENTA our award-winning, ‘How to Start a Business’ training packages for new enterprises and start-ups in Norfolk and Suffolk are comprehensive, focused and above all completely free of charge.

Starting a business from scratch or transferring your skills to become a freelancer or sole trader is a big step. That’s why the industry experts at MENTA who make up our top team of business advisers and specialist trainers are so keen to share their experience.

You can count on us to help you get your venture on the best footing – so your new business can move on in confident strides towards an exciting and profitable future.

*Fully funded packages are subject to certain eligibility criteria. Currently the Start-up project is funded by The European Regional Development Fund

*In 2020, MENTA training received Net Promoter Satisfaction Score of 76/100 - higher than any other Start-up business provider in East Anglia and 3rd in the UK.

The 5-star business support you need, when you need it most

Timelines and sales strategies, systems and accounts, dotting those digital ‘I’s and crossing those marketing ‘t’s (as well as any legal bridges in between) – there’s so much to get to grips with when setting up your own business. And find time for too – especially when your golden goal is really to deliver on that big idea, do what you’re best at and enjoy the freedom, satisfaction and financial rewards!

At MENTA we’ve helped thousands of new businesses across both Norfolk and Suffolk with our award-winning, 5-star ‘How to Start a Business’ support package . Expect watchful eyes and listening ears, sounding boards and straight-talkers as our industry experts give you the tools you need and guide you towards best practice.

Look forward to learning about everything you need to know about setting up your business:

• what it means to become your own boss

• the business plans and steps you will need to action• how to identify your target audience

• book-keeping basics

• legal requirements and policies to implement

• potential marketing tools and strategies

With all this comes the opportunity to develop your business idea in a supportive environment alongside like-minded new business owners, enabling you to build a robust and future-focused network.

Fully funded to help you get on track MENTA’s comprehensive and award-winning

How to Start a Business’ start-up support and training package is fully funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and available free, subject to certain eligibility criteria.

To be eligible to receive this training free of charge, you must:• live in Norfolk or Suffolk• either be thinking of setting up a new business• or have been trading for less than 12 months• sign up to and complete all three of the programme’s workshops.

‘How to Start a Business’ │Online, interactive training workshops

Our award-winning start-up business training – ‘How to Start a Business’ – is now available online. It’s an option only launched by MENTA in March 2020 to facilitate learning during unprecedented times, but our delegate feedback to date has been hugely positive.

Delivered by video conferencing and Zoom, the fully interactive live training is a particularly safe, convenient and time-saving way to learn new skills, develop your new business plans and build your business network, while still benefiting from the expert industry knowledge of our MENTA trainers.

'How to Start a Business’ Training – Book your place below
Please note: *You are required to sign up and complete all three workshops. *MENTA plans to reintroduce our face-to-face sessions as soon as safety allows.

‘How to Start a Business’ │

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...

“High level of business knowledge and a 5* service of support"

Mike, Ipswich

October 2021

"Brilliant support and business insights - shared in a relaxed but business focused manner”

Cheryl, Norwich

October 2021

“I highly recommend the business training and follow-up coaching ”  

Jaik, Woodbridge

October 2021

“High value learning from MENTA and has truly helped our business plans”  

Peter Roberts

October 2021

"The Business planning course was really good. Full of simple instructions and easy to absorb all that was said. Time passed very quickly as it was very interesting and enjoyable, Thank you"


Kate, Ipswich

September 2021
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