biSU is a start-up programme offering 12 months of support to help budding business owners with ideas to start and grow a commercial venture.
Since 2001, the programme has worked with almost 700 businesses with a sustainability rate (surviving 3 years or more) of 80%. biSU takes participants on a journey that transforms individuals into successful business owners with the ability to confidently navigate the world of business.
Over 12 months, participants will benefit from a 3 day ‘business basics’ induction, followed by regular meetings with industry mentors, industry-led specialist business workshops and business networking opportunities.
The programme also offers access to online resources to support personal & professional development and personalised legal documentation software. A qualified and experienced team of business advisers provides information, advice and guidance to participants throughout the programme.
To get businesses up and running biSU provides a £3,000 tax free grant and access to additional growth investment opportunities.
Who can apply?
This programme is open to Staffordshire based Graduates (of any University) with EU/ UK residency. The project cannot support direct retail business ideas.
The programme supports start-ups in a range of sectors including:
- Food and Hospitality
- Tourism and Leisure
- Creative Industries
- Digital Technology
- Health & Lifestyle
- Film and Photography
- Events Management
- Digital Marketing
What to expect
The biSU programme offers a wide range of benefits, including:
- the know-how to set up and run a successful business
- control over income potential
- effective financial management
- development of high-value transferable business skills
- personal and professional growth/development
- sector-specific business knowledge and industry contacts
- being your own boss
- financial support