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Early stage businesses

Restart your business and achieve your growth ambitions.

Restarting your new business after lockdown

If you started your business in or after 2018 and your trading was interrupted due to Covid-19 and lockdowns, we can help you get back on track. This free support has been specifically designed to help early stage businesses like yours restart and grow.

There’s a range of support to match the needs of your business and individual availability. The first step is to talk to a Business Gateway Adviser who will discuss which package is best for you. Your adviser will give you an impartial view based on what you tell them about your current situation and future ambitions.

How will we help you?

We will offer you a mix of support which may include:

  • One-to-one advice
  • Online and face to face workshops
  • Tried and tested accelerator programmes

This programme of support is open to any business less than 36 months old, from any sector. You must be based in Leicester or Leicestershire and registered as a business with HMRC or companies house. It is likely you will be a micro-business or small to medium enterprise (SME).


What are the benefits?


Build business resilience

Ensure you can face any challenges or future interruptions to your business.


Create a robust business strategy

We'll help you decide on the products and markets to focus on. Also help you plan how to make it happen to give you more control.


Refine your product development and pricing

Through market research, you will discover what your customers want now and in the future.


Grow through new markets and expand your customer base

Advice on marketing and customer relations to find and keep customers and sell more.


Prepare for funding or investors

If you get to the stage where you need a cash injection we will help you get ready to pitch and find investors or source finance.

Who will provide this help for you?

The Business Gateway has sourced four partners to bring this support to you. All of these organisations have a great deal of experience working with new businesses. You don't need to worry about choosing, your Business Gateway adviser will work with you to decide what is best for you and your business.

The Next Steps

If you are interested in kick-starting your new business contact us on 0116 366 8487 or submit an enquiry using the link below.


These programmes will run until March 2022 and have limited numbers so please get in touch now.