The new Ready for Business programme is managed by a group called the Cavendish Consortium. The consortium is made up of six of the largest enterprise agencies across England and National Enterprise Network who have joined together specifically to develop and run this programme, based on their many years experience in the enterprise support sector.
The consortium members are not-for-profit organisations and excellent examples of sustainable social enterprises that are rooted in the local community with established, long standing relationships with all types of private and public sector business support providers; investors; and local companies across all sectors. Delivery of the programme will be managed by the consortium organisations and delivered by themselves together with any sub-contracting organisations they assign – all of whom are members of National Enterprise Network, the national membership body for enterprise support organisations.
In combination with Barclays, the Cavendish Consortium have produced a new and imaginative targeted national business investment readiness programme aimed at new start-up businesses; designed by specialists and delivered by social enterprises. Ready for Business will create sustainable businesses that make a long term contribution to the UK economy by encouraging a new generation of financially literate, adequately financed small business owners in areas disproportionally affected by the downturn in the economy; generating new jobs and taxation revenues and supporting the Government's Economic Growth strategy.
The organisations that make up the Cavendish Consortium are:
Business West: All companies can benefit from the range of information, advice and networking events that is available from Business West. Delivering essential Chamber of Commerce services to almost 1,700 members across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and Gloucestershire enables Business West to speak with authority on the issues that matter to business. As an effective link between the private and public sectors, it ensures the interests of commerce are taken into account when key decisions are made at local and regional levels. At national level, as part of the British Chambers of Commerce it sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. www.businesswest.co.uk
BBV: Established in 1983 and provides financial, technical and management assistance in the North West to help local people start, run and grow their businesses creating wealth and employment. With a portfolio of business loans, managed workshops and serviced office centres which provide incubator space for new and growing businesses, and a team of professional business advisers, the Greater Manchester Enterprise Agency provides high quality relevant and valued business support services. Over the years it have helped hundreds of people realise their full potential to start and run their own business through a variety of innovative programmes. www.bbvonline.net
Enterprise First: Established in 1981, Enterprise First provides services to start-up and small businesses in over twenty locations across the south-east. Services include advice, mentoring, networking, and training workshops on the key elements for business success. During 2011 more than 3,000 clients accessed these services. Also provided is the provision of light industrial and office space on flexible terms with business adviser support, at four Enterprise Centres in Hampshire. www.enterprisefirst.co.uk
National Enterprise Network: The membership body for those committed to the support and development of enterprise. Members are drawn from enterprise support organisations that provide independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. As well as enterprise agencies, members also include Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, specialist enterprise providers, universities and corporate organisations. In the past year, National Enterprise Network members have collectively helped to start nearly 25,000 businesses with almost an 80% one year survival rate. Members have also created nearly 30,000 jobs, not to mention the support given to 160,000 established businesses, 98,000 pre start and 63,000 known start up clients. The National Enterprise Network was formerly known as NFEA and is a trading name of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies. Find out more at www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org or www.twitter.com/NatEntNet
NWES: Founded in 1982, enterprise agency NWES specialises in helping people turn their business idea into a reality, by offering fully funded professional advice, an excellent start-up business training programme, and a loan fund specifically for anyone who has been refused business credit from a bank. It also offers training workshops in how to build your self-confidence, CV writing and interview skills, plus a range of low cost courses for existing business owners. Its sister company, NWES Property Ltd, operates a number of enterprise centres throughout the East of England. www.nwes.org.uk
NBV: Established in 1982 and in that time has helped over 60,000 potential business start-up clients throughout the East Midlands. As a leading provider of business support services, NBV are strongly committed to upholding the principles of their IIP, ISO and SFEDI accreditations. Offering a range of business services that include virtual offices, advisor support, training workshops, business mentoring and access to selected grant schemes, NBV are passionate about providing high quality business support services to their clients. For further information please visit our website. www.nbv.co.uk
TEDCO: A leading enterprise support organisation based in the North East that helps new and established businesses by providing information and advice on every aspect of running a business, including start-up survival and growth. TEDCO specialises in niche support to green and social enterprises. It also manages a business incubator and two business centres offering a range of facilities on flexible terms, supplemented by a full range of support services. www.tedco.org
Contact details for these organisations can be found in the ‘Contact’ page of this website and anyone interested in finding out more about the Ready for Business programme can do so from this site.