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.
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, and you can contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01785 353809.
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