Thinking of starting a business?
STOP PRESS: We've been overwhelmed with applications for our Be the Boss programme and unfortunately have had to suspend new applications. This is a temporary measure as we investigate ways of changing the programme. We aim to reopen the scheme later this year.
But after a positive start to the review process, we are pleased to announce that the loan element of the scheme has now reopened to our existing clients. Those who are registered and active in the scheme can apply for a Be the Boss loan of up to £5,500. (Please note that, as with any programme, an application for a loan is not an automatic guarantee of funding). Existing clients will also continue to receive start-up training, support to identify and source funding, and mentoring advice for the first 12 months after the business has been set up.
Be the Boss is primarily a business support service. Whilst availability and access to funding from Be the Boss is a necessary element for some clients, the majority access the scheme for training and mentoring. Our focus for the scheme is still to assist ex-Service personnel in equipping themselves with the skills and tools to run a business.
If you're interested in entering the scheme when it reopens, please use the link on the main banner at www.civvystreet.org/betheboss to register your interest.
Who the scheme is for
If you served in the UK Armed Forces and you're thinking of starting a small business in the UK, our Be the Boss scheme can help you get it off the ground.
How we help
In conjunction with our partners we can give you:
- training in setting up a small business;
- help with writing your business plan;
- help with financial planning;
- provide assistance to source funding to help you launch and expand the business; and
- business 'health checks' and mentoring.