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Whether you want to be your own boss, get that side-hustle off the ground, start generating some passive income, or just get a better work-life balance, we can help.

You'll receive free 1-2-1 advice and coaching, free workshops and training on how to set-up your own business, and £1,000 grant to help get you started.

HeadStart programme

Who is it for?

If you live, work, or intend to set up a business in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield, you could be eligible for support through HeadStart to get you started on your journey.

What do I need?

Just an idea and the motivation to get started.

Our advisers will walk you through establishing a new business in those all-important early months. We will guide you through everything you need to know, and you don't need to have any knowledge or prior experience of running a business.

There is also no cost to access the programme for eligible individuals.

Programme dates and content

Our next series of workshops starts on Wednesday 21 September 2022.


Workshop 1:

Starting with a clear idea and target audience

  • Tools to plan your business
  • How to describe your idea quickly and clearly
  • Describing your target audience
  • Gathering information to give your idea a better chance of success.

Workshop 2:

Making sure people or businesses want the product or service you are offering

  • What you're offering vs. what the customer wants
  • Developing your brand and key messages
  • How best to reach your customers
  • How to promote your product or service.

Workshop 3:

Making sure the business can be run profitably

  • Equipment and resources required
  • Identifying other organisations you may need to work with
  • Considerations of being an environmentally friendly business
  • Registering your business
  • Being enterprise-ready and applying for a £1,000 grant.

Workshop 4:

Making sure you have all the resources you need to deliver the product or service

  • Considering start-up costs
  • Pricing your product or service
  • Income and running costs of your business
  • Tax and national insurance

How to access to £1k grant

We'll work with you to address the areas set out above during the workshops. You will also have access to one-to-one support and advice in working towards producing an Enterprise Ready Plan to set out your business idea. At this point, you will be able to apply for the £1,000 grant to help get your idea off the ground.

Get in touch

To enquire about accessing support or for further information, please contact


This project is funded by the Government's Towns Fund and is specifically for people who live in Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield or for those that live outside of  those areas but intend to set up a business there.

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