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Dependants' Business Start-Up Programme

Do you want to be your own boss?

Join our free business start-up course and mentoring programme for the Dependants of Armed Forces Community, run by experienced and knowledgeable business advisers.

From designers to child-minders, we can guide you through the early stages of setting up your own business. You will also have the chance to make new friends and business contacts.

The Supporting the Unsung Hero Dependants' Business Start-Up Programme has been developed specifically for Armed Forces families to provide them with the transferable skills and support required to start and maintain a business that will not be restricted to a geographical area, allowing families to become more financially stable and break the cycle of being unable to work.

We aim to make the course as relaxed and as much fun as possible and encourage the group to support each other throughout the programme. With the support of the group it is hoped that you will not feel that you are on you own setting up your business. You will have like-minded entrepreneurs and new friends who understand your circumstances as well as the support of your business mentor.

The 10 month business training and mentoring support programme is available to the Dependants' of Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and Reservists from all three services at no cost regardless of location as it is funded by HSBC.


The 10 month Business Start-Up Programme consists of:

4 Day Business Start-Up Course. The course will be delivered by an experienced business consultant at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre. The course has been split down into 2 x two day courses over two months and will give you the knowledge required to start a business. A Summary of areas covered:

  • Business Planning
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Sale + Networking Skills

This consists of five individual and sessions with a business adviser. The mentoring sessions have been designed to support you through the process of starting and maintaining a business.

The individual mentoring sessions with a business adviser are one hour per month and can be delivered over the telephone, via Skype or face-to-face at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre.

Although it is free to attend the programme, participants will be responsible for funding their own travel and subsistence to attend the training and mentoring sessions.

More information

News and Events

Upcoming programmes

For up and coming programme dates and locations please contact Bev Fielding on 01902 322760.

We are delighted to announce that the programme has received a funding boost from HSBC which will enable us to continue the programme next year. 


Contact Us

Sharon Thomas

Programme Co-ordinator

T. +44 (0) 1902 321272



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