Free help for people in Coventry wanting to start up their own business - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

Free help for people in Coventry wanting to start up their own business

POTENTIAL entrepreneurs in Coventry, dreaming of starting their own business, are being offered free help to turn that dream into a reality.

The Covid-19 crisis has seen more and more people considering self-employment.

Now individuals can speak to a business expert from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce as part of a new support package funded by Coventry City Council, through the Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses.

Gavin Barnett, enterprise coach at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said more people were looking to realise their dream of starting their own business.

“This is a great programme for those individuals who have been thinking of starting a business and have decided that now is the time that they want to do it.

“Covid-19 has seen many people on furlough or out of work completely and they will have been looking at how they might start their own venture.”

He urged anyone considering starting a business venture in food and drink, hospitality, leisure and tourism, retail or something completely different, should get in touch with the Chamber as soon as possible.

Mr Barnett is available to offer impartial advice and assess business ideas at those online clinics running every Tuesday, starting on July 20 and running until the end of September between 9.30am and 1pm.

Anyone interested should email Gavin at with the subject ‘Coventry Start-Up Clinic’ and providing an overview of their business idea and contact details.

All sessions are delivered online and meeting links will be sent out after the initial phone call.

Those who meet the criteria for the programme can then benefit from six hours of advice and support on everything from how to register the business through to sales and marketing.

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