New start-ups in Suffolk are being offered a package of free training and support worth more than £3,100 by Menta.
Upto 45 companies can qualify and they must be based in St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath or Mid Suffolk council areas and have started their ventures after February 1 2014.
The business owners must also be investing at least £3,000 by way of their own money or via a bank loan and plan to employ staff.
The scheme runs until June 1 2015 or until the 45 places have been allocated in the three council areas.
One firm in Bury St Edmunds which has been the first to take advantage of the scheme is ClarkeCare Ltd which offers a range of specialist home care services including home from hospital rehabilitation, care in life limiting conditions and support to maintain their clients’ independence.
Lorraine Clarke, who runs the business with Simon Curtis, said they turned to Menta for extra support and advice to get them on the ‘right footing’.
She said: “If you’ve just started out or thinking about beginning a business I can’t urge you enough to take advantage of this support. Not only is it free but it’s from experts who have been there, done that.”
The scheme includes four support sessions with a Menta business adviser, 10 business courses and workshops, three years membership of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, exhibition space at the Menta Trade Fair, advertising space and ongoing support for 12 months.
To apply, contact Phil Pethybridge at Menta on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01284 760206.