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Forest of Dean District Council
Council Offices
High Street
GL16 8HG

Tel: 01594 810000

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Business Support Organisations

Ready for Business Programme

Purpose: Ready for Business is a new enterprise start-up programme that aims to create 6,000 new businesses and up to 10,000 jobs across England, specifically targeting the transfer of public sector employment to the private sector. The programme offers new start-ups a preparation plan for success via expert support, advice and training.

Who can apply: Start up and pre start-up businesses in England.

Level of Funding: Introductory free Barclays Get Ready for Business seminar, followed by an in depth assessment process, one-to-one advice, guidance and on-going mentoring. The programme also includes a business planning phase, access to finance support and early stage growth aspiration building. Individuals will then be invited to participate in the next stage of the programme which includes: One-to-one assessment with an experienced, independent business adviser, with the production of an individual action plan tailored to the individual's business idea.

An intensive support programme, including guidance, advice and peer learning, leading to the development of a robust business plan.
Dedicated support in an application for external funding.
On-going support after business start-up.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
Further information:

Business Link

Business Link provides information and advice if you are starting, running and growing a business. This is available throught its website.

Their service is impartial and their motivation is to provide practical solutions to customers and offer a fresh insight and an independent solution to their particular business needs.

From 25th November 2011 the service offered by Business Link is changing, all existing advice and information will be on-line but there will be a whole host of new services available.  The website is designed to make it easier to find what you need quickly and from sources you can trust.

Don't forget you can also follow Business Link on Facebook and Twitter

Business West - Business Link's Rural Advice Service

The Rural Service offers advice and support to farmers, land owners and other land based rural businesses through Business West.  An enhanced service acting as an access point for DEFRA's RDPE services and grants in addition to a dedicated advice line: 08456 047 047 and a new rural website, which will be launched later this winter.

Additional Services include:

  • Independant advice on the generation and sale of power from alternative sources of energy
  • Assistance with the preparation of business plans
  • Analysis of farm accounts
  • Resource Management
  • Factsheets

There is no charge for any of these services.  Call 08456 047 047 or e-mail

Gloucestershire Enterprise

Gloucestershire Enterprise is a not-for-profit private sector company committed to developing a more prosperous business community in Gloucestershire through professional advice, support and training.

They have a team of friendly staff, all holding relevant professional qualifications, who are totally focused on providing the very best service to clients across the county. They  provide:-

  • Business Support
  • Training & Development
  • Accounts & Payroll services
  • ICT support

Designed with small businesses in mind, they can provide practical help and solutions tailored to help local businesses prosper and grow. Their services are practical, affordable, face-to-face and delivered locally across Gloucestershire.

To find out more about the range of services offered by Gloucestershire Enterprise please click on the following link: Gloucestershire Enterprise Summary of Services

Alternatively please visit:  or call: 0845 838 9964

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service exists to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and provide a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners.

Apprenticeships bring considerable value to organisations, employers, individuals and the economy. Businesses are increasingly realising the enormous benefits that Apprenticeships create, not only in terms of a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention. Research shows they are an optimal way of training, developing and skilling people for the future, helping businesses secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities they need and which were often not available on the external job market.

Further information is available at or by calling: 08000 150 600. 

Gloucestershire Media Group 

The Gloucestershire Media Group was formed in 2003 as a "not for profit" to support and help grow the Creative Industries across the county. It provides its membership of more than one thousand companies and freelancers with sector specific skills and training courses, networking opportunities, a supported creative office environment, members’ events and master classes.

The Group is developing commercial initiatives in which it acts as commissioning editor, engaging and commissioning local businesses in national and international media projects developed in-house. It is encouraging new eco-systems and innovative delivery channels across a slate of sustainable business projects. 

The Group's website contains regional and national Creative Industry news, training and networking opportunities, and a jobs, diary, and resources page. They publish fortnightly e-bulletins and a monthly blog showcasing the work of a local business.  

For further information please call Gloucestershire Media Group on: 01452 528 859 or visit: