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Business Initiative

Business Initiative is a non-profit making organisation based in Staffordshire, formed in 1981 by leading organisations in North Staffordshire to encourage and assist with the establishment and expansion of viable small businesses.


Our experienced Business Advisers have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can tap into. This will help you grow and develop your new business into something great.

We focus on support for new business start-ups in across the county and are proud to be part of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

Business Initiative are a centre of excellence for providing the people we assist with a quality service.

To find out about the help and support on offer, please read the information below.

Ready for Business

‘Get Ready for Business’ is a unique business start-up programme that provides aspiring entrepreneurs the platform to succeed through training, support, advice and commercial investment.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can access a five stage programme covering the fundamentals of business such as tax, VAT, employing staff and financial forecasting. 

You will also be able to talk one on one with an experienced business adviser, who will help you put together a robust, bespoke business plan. Our workshops and seminars are designed to provide you with the tools to be successful in  business.

To find out more about how Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce can help you, or to book onto stage one of the programme, call 01782 202222 and ask for the Ready for Business Team.

“My first business loan application was not successful, but following the `Ready for Business’ start up programme, I re-calculated my cash flow forecast & secured my loan.”

Holly Brown – Style My Business

The One2Three Club

Acting as a support hub, this service provides post-start support helping new and small businesses towards a prosperous future.

The One2Three Club provides access to mentoring and invaluable workshops as well as offering advice, support and expertise.

We will help you create a network for your business through regular networking opportunities with other businesses in a similar position.

To find out how to become a member of the One2Three Club, email the Enterprise Team or call on 01782 202222.

Supporting Documentation

Business Plan Template – Maxi

Mini Business Plan – Template

Cash Flow Template

Detailed Financial Forecast Doc

Useful Links

To access free webinars from HMRC on topics such as Record Keeping, VAT, Self-Employment and HMRC, and Business Expenses for the Self-Employed, please click here.

Do you need office space? If so Initiative House in Stoke in a great place to start your search. For more information please click this link Initiative House or call us on 01782 202222.

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce