Contract Programmes

In addition to the many hundreds of enterprise support programmes and projects which our membership undertake in their own right, from time to time National Enterprise Network undertakes to manage national contract programmes and channel the delivery through its membership.

On this basis, our membership has been involved in a wide range of additional enterprise support programmes. In the past we have had involvement in some of these contract programmes…


Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars

A free, tailored seminar, delivered across England, targeted at those who are looking to set up in business.

Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars were aimed at those almost ready to start their business. Content covered areas such as writing a business plan, finance, marketing and social networking, time management, negotiating skills and networking. The event had a specifically developed core content delivered by experienced trainers from organisations in membership of National Enterprise Network and delegates received a free workbook to supplement their attendance. Managed nationally by the National Enterprise Network, the seminars were delivered by enterprise support organisations across England for approximately eight years to March 2015, with more than 28,000 potential entrepreneurs attending.


Start & Grow

Start & Grow is a programme run by Cavendish Enterprise and funded by the Regional Growth Fund that provides a range of pre and post start support to individuals across England looking to start a business. The programme is available to those looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start-up financing is required to get the venture off the ground.

National Enterprise Network is responsible for the programme in the West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber regions, working with local members to deliver support tailored to the individual needs of the owner and the business idea; including one to one support and advice, workshops, training, mentoring and help finding funding.

Cavendish Enterprise is a group made up of six of the largest enterprise agencies across England, together with the National Enterprise Network. They are longstanding members of the business support community and are respected for their independent and impartial advice and their impeccable probity. Cavendish Enterprise has a reputation for working in close partnership with a variety of organisations from the private, public and third sectors to achieve excellent results in business enterprise.



Ready for Business

– an investment readiness programme, specifically designed to improve the chances of success and providing expert help to raise funding where required.

Ready for Business ran between April 2012 and March 2015, offering a unique package of support to help the transition from employment to business start up, including one to one advice, mentoring, access to finance support and business planning. The programme was delivered by the Cavendish Consortium and was funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills via the regional growth fund initiative, in association with Barclays. The consortium is made up of six of the largest enterprise agencies across England, together with National Enterprise Network; who joined together specifically to develop and run this programme, based on their many years experience in the enterprise support sector. More information about the programme is available from the Cavendish Consortium.


Growth Vouchers

– helping businesses access strategic advice by match funding up to £2,000

The Growth Vouchers programme was established by the Government to help deliver support to up to 20,000 small businesses in England, until March 2015. The programme focussed on engaging with small businesses who had never sought business advice before and encouraged them to do so by offering grant support of up to £2000 to contribute towards the costs of appropriate strategic advice.

National Enterprise Network was proud to be recognised as an approved professional and/or trade body for the Growth Vouchers marketplace during the term of the programme. In addition, organisations in membership of National Enterprise Network were also involved in the delivery of the diagnostic sessions to identify clients to receive a voucher; as well as some others also delivering the consultancy support.