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Self-employment

If you're currently unemployed and thinking about setting up your own business, you may be able to get support from various organisations.

Enterprise Revolution is a local company which offers support on setting up a business, marketing and writing a business plan. They also offer training courses.

The Federation of Small Businesses exists to support self-employed people and small businesses.

Specialist organisations also exist to support particular groups of people who are aiming to become self-employed.

Some new businesses are also eligible for financial support in the form of grants (not repayable) or loans (repayable). Find out more about New Enterprise Allowance (self-employment support from Jobcentre Plus).

Having suitable plans for your business is key to succeeding. Download an example business plan, cashflow and balance sheet, business development plan and marketing guidance.