Your Jobcentre Plus adviser can tell you about help you can get to start up your own business.
New Enterprise Allowance
You may be able to apply for New Enterprise Allowance if you can show that you have a business idea that could work. You need to be getting one of the following benefits:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support (if you’re a lone parent)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - if you’re in the Work-Related Activity Group
You’ll be given a business mentor, who will provide advice and support on:
Once you’ve made a business plan and it’s been approved, you can get:
- a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks
- a loan to help with start-up costs
You can get extra support through an Access to Work grant if you have a disability, health or mental health condition and you’re getting New Enterprise Allowance.
Anyone who’s unemployed can join an Enterprise Club. You’ll be able to share experiences and get help from other people who want to become self-employed, as well as local business people and advisers.