Starting a business

A range of workshops and one-to-one coaching, the support is funded by the European Regional Development Fund on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.

These workshops are currently funded therefore there is no cost to attend.

If you would like more information please call the Start-up Team: 02476 654321 or email

Warwickshire Business Start-up Support

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce have been awarded, by Warwickshire County Council, to deliver a start-up support service across the whole county of Warwickshire:

  • Atherstone
  • Leamington Spa
  • Nuneaton
  • Rugby
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

The service includes a range of workshops and one-to-one coaching; the support is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

A number of workshops are being run around the county to provide you will help and advice on starting your business. Full details of the workshop programme please be on the Chamber of Commerce web-site

For further information about the service please contact: Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce 02476 654321

Inclusive Enterprise Programme

CWRT are working with Warwickshire County Council to deliver a package of pre-start engagement and specialist business support for clients in Nuneaton and Bedworth who experience barriers to enterprise.

Participants will be offered:

  • Personal mentoring,
  • Confidence-building workshops,
  • Personal skills assessments,
  • Basic business workshops,
  • Financial literacy workshops,
  • and signposting to other appropriate agencies.

For more information on how the programme could help you please contact Inclusive Enterprise 07494 442869 or 07415 139807

We also work in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust to deliver a small business loan scheme. There is also a range of other financial support available.  See our Business grants, loans and finance page.

We can provide information sheets on all aspects of starting and running a business including business types and sectors, legal and tax issues and other essentials, please see documents and downloads on the right.

These organisations can also offer support:

  • University of Warwick Science Park Business Support – University of Warwick Science Park can assist professional managers & technical people to start their own business Business Life
  • Prince’s Trust – Are you aged 18-30, unemployed, have an idea for a business but can’t raise all the cash you need? Start-up support from The Prince’s Trust could help you get up and running.
  • Business Centres – Warwickshire County Council provide over 200 individual units, situated throughout the county. These units are available on flexible terms – either a 28-day licence or a 3 year business lease.

Finally, there are also other resources available.

  • Business grants, loans and finance

    The scheme is for sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, not for profit and other community based organisations who are based or operate mainly in Coventry & Warwickshire. The scheme is generally for businesses that have been unable to secure sufficient funds through other sources.

  • County farms and smallholdings

    The County Farms and Smallholdings estate holds a significant presence in Warwickshire’s rural communities, extending to over 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres), including forty-six fully equipped farms.

Starting a business was last updated on September 11, 2018.