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Working for yourself in Ashfield

In the UK, approximately 15% of workers are self-employed. Before COVID-19, this number was steadily on the rise; there were more than 5 million self-employed people in the UK at the start of 2020 compared to just 3.2 million in 2000.

But COVID-19 seems to have briefly disrupted this steady growth—bringing into light the many benefits and potential drawbacks of self-employment during a pandemic. If you’re reading this, you’re likely ready to take the leap to become an entrepreneur, freelancer, or contractor and need some guidance on how to get started.

It’s important to keep top of mind that as with any new endeavour, working for yourself can be a huge risk and proper preparation is key.

Where to start

You can also find lots of information on starting and running businesses, including marketing, finance, sales and human resources, on the ‘Start a business’ section of the Entrepreneur Handbook website and GOV.UK, in the 'Working for yourself' section of the website.

You can also get help by attending a free business start-up course, such as:

Nottingham Urban Business Support Programme

This programme supports the start-up and growth or development of existing micro, small and medium-sized businesses based in Nottingham City, Broxtowe and parts of Gedling, Rushcliffe and Ashfield. In our area only Hucknall based businesses are eligible. Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available which covers a maximum of 25% of your eligible project costs. Minimum spends for any projects to be considered are £4000. Once approved, grant funding can be used to purchase services or equipment to help your business expand or diversify.

Prince’s Trust Free Enterprise Programme

This is for 18 to 30-year-olds living in the UK who want to start their own business. There are 4 stages to the programme, including a 4 day workshop, business planning and idea testing with help of a mentor and a busines launch stage with access to a low interest business loan of £5000.

Kick-Off Business Course

This is a free online course to help individuals that are interested in becoming self-employed. The course will explore useful topics such as, the formalities of setting up; legal requirements and insurances; finance, money and grants; opportunities and risks; business planning; branding; creating an identity; finding a USP; building a proposition; social media and marketing.

The Big House Programme

This is a free bespoke package of support for creative and digital businesses with the aim of providing tailored mentoring, workshops, and grants to help with pre-start, start-ups or established or growth staged business. This programme works with other business support organisations such as NBV and Nottingham Trent University.

Head-Start - Ashfield Enterprise Project

Whether you want to be your own boss, get that side-hustle off the ground, start generating some passive income, or just get a better work-life balance, Nottingham Trent University can help.

  • You’ll receive:
  • Free 1-2-1 advice and coaching
  • Free workshops and training on how to set up and run a business
  • £1000 grant to help get you started.

If you live, work, or intend to set up a business in the towns of Kirkby in Ashfield or Sutton in Ashfield, you could be eligible for support through the Enterprising Ashfield project to get you started on your journey.

Headstart advisers will walk you through establishing a new business in those all-important early months. They will guide you through everything you need to know, and you don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience in running a business.

To enquire about support to set up your own business in the Kirkby or Sutton in Ashfield areas, please contact:

You also need to consider where you will deliver your services.

Do you need your own office? Or can you take a desk in a shared space? If you only require space for a few hours a week then you could look at co-working or hot-desk spaces.

Incubation offices

Ashfield District Council have some low-cost incubation offices to help support young growing businesses. You can also email the estates team directly, to ask about available offices in the following buildings:

  • Ada Lovelace Building – Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • Byron Business Centre - Hucknall
  • The Kingsway Lodge - Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • High Pavement Building – Sutton-in-Ashfield (coming soon)

 

If you want to explore a retail, then a good place to see what this is like is to have a stall on one of our local markets:

Local Markets

 

Retail premises

If you would like help to find retail premises, then we recommend you contact:

Business Support

Did you know that we have a Business Support webpage? Here you can see information that will support you in starting up, and growing your business.

We also have a business support team that can arrange a meeting with you to offer advice, please email: business.support@ashfield.gov.uk