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Start Up Business and Social Enterprise Advice

When to start your business is often a very difficult decision to make. Whatever your circumstances, if you want to give that idea the best chance, find out all you can, when you can, by seeking early advice.

If you are an individual in Solihull looking to make your own way in the world of business, or if you are looking to start a social enterprise, then contact the Team on 0121 771 1411 or email

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GBSLEP Growth Hub - Run by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the Growth Hub comprises a web portal, phoneline and one-to-one specialist advice. It is the new home for business advice, funding and support in the area – providing a route for businesses to local organisations offering business support or funding. 

Though particularly focused on small and medium sized businesses within the GBSLEP area, the Growth Hub is designed to assist companies along the region’s supply chains and across all sectors.

What is the Enterprise for Success programme?

The Enterprise for Success programme, run by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), offers help and advice to you if you are starting a new business, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The flexible, free programme offers:

- one-to-one advice and support

- specialist training courses including marketing, social media, finance, business planning and more

- support network - referral to support organisations and networks

Who can apply for the scheme?

The support is available to those thinking of starting a business, or companies within their first year of trading (geographical restrictions may apply).

How can I apply?

To find out how we can help you, contact us on 0121 516 0330 or

Enterprise for Success Case Studies

Bounce and Zorb case study

All About the Sew case study

Deborah Jayne case study

Magic Lantern case study

Posativitee case study

The Lodge case study

The Work Placement Agency case study

Vintage Stitches case study

Enterprise for Success stats 2016 - 2019

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
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