Starting your own business

Information and advice if you're thinking of setting up your own business.

Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

The CTP website contains plenty of information about what you need to do to start your own business.


New Enterprise Allowance

If you are claiming certain benefits you might also be eligible for the government’s New Enterprise Allowance.

If your business plan is approved you could be assigned a business mentor, get an allowance and also be entitled to apply for a start-up loan (which will you need to repay). Find out more on GOV.UK.

Other sources of help


Offers support, training, grants and start-up loans to service leavers and their families.



A charity set up by a former serviceman to support service leavers and their families to start working for themselves. Heropreneurs also offers mentoring.


Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Offers mentoring and start-up business support.