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Speed Plus Business Start-Up Programme

Speed Plus


Staffordshire University were part of a collaborative West Midlands university group running a project called ‘SPEEDPlus‘ which was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ran from July 2012 until December 2015. The project partners consisted of The University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire University, Keele University, Coventry University and Birmingham Univiersity. SPEEDPlus offered budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to start their business with full support throughout start-up and during the first vital steps of growth.

We provided comprehensive support to turn participants’ business idea(s) into a commercial reality; by giving them the skills, knowledge and support they needed to run their own own company.

  • Business development workshops – enabled beneficiaries to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required to launch and establish their businesses
  • Business consultancy programme – a series of one-to-one meetings for specific guidance and support to develop their business and keep it on track
  • Networking opportunities and benefits – opportunity to promote their business, establish themselves in the region and to potentially grow the business
  • Business & funding updates – regularly updated with small business focused articles and news
  • Information, advise & guidance from the SPEEDPlus team
  • Financial Support – to give a cash boost to their start-up company

The Scheme was open to EU residents only and the businesses were set up within the West Midlands.

Over the 3 years of the project’s duration we helped to create 87 new businesses and 128 new jobs as well as provide business development workshops for over 175 businesses.  We gave information, advice and guidance support to over 800 people considering starting as self-employed.

See what some of our past start-ups had to say about the programme on our Graduate start-up video Graduate start-up video

Or you can contact the team via E: | T: 01785 353809

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