On Friday 8 March at the Civic Centre in Esher, Elmbridge start-ups received practical advice on sales, finance, marketing and a range of business solutions to help them hit the ground running.
With over 1,200 new businesses each year starting in the borough, the startup bootcamp is one part of the comprehensive support offered to new businesses by Elmbridge Borough Council to help them through their vital first year.
Start-ups can access business workshops, join the Elmbridge Business Network for free and access grant funding to help enterprising new businesses.
Since 2015, over 50 businesses have received grants from the Elmbridge Start-Up Fund.
The scheme provides up to £1,000 towards start-up costs for new businesses, supporting a range of projects such as website development, marketing, equipment and training.
Councillor Mrs Ruth Mitchell, Portfolio Holder for Resources, emphasised the Council’s commitment to start-ups and businesses in the borough: “This start-up bootcamp has laid the foundations for future success for these businesses. Having access to the right advice, funding and networking opportunities can make the difference in the crucial first 12 months of a start-up.”
“The Council are always happy to discuss our business support offer and help any new business in Elmbridge. We want to see innovative new businesses grow and we are working hard to provide the right support for them to flourish.”
Further information about support for businesses is available.