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England is thriving with new start ups and small businesses. This is thanks to the amount of help and support that organisations like Cavendish can provide.

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The Cavendish partners know how challenging starting and growing a business can be, so we have designed a toolbox of essential start up and growth advice and support covering issues as varied as funding and finance, through to marketing, networking and mentoring. Our partners are strategically placed across England to ensure that no start up or growing business is out of their reach for support, help and access to finance opportunities. Free business advice, in the form of a pre-arranged one-to-one business advice session in person or by phone, is often available.

As a business in the early stages of development or growth, we are able to offer the following services

Support :  Advice  :  Training  :  Access to Finance  :  Commercial Premises

Support can be delivered in a multitude of ways to suit your requirements: 1:1 sessions, workshops, webinars, remote sessions via Skype, webchats, and pre-booked conference calls.

Our support will be tailored to meet individual needs and can include:

  • Business planning
  • Deciding on the correct legal entity for the business
  • Setting up effective and efficient operations of the business
  • Strategy and action plan to secure and retain customers
  • Support in preparing finance proposals and submissions including signposting for loans
  • Identifying potential cost savings to increase chances of profitability
  • Environmental planning to save money and add credibility to your business
  • The key steps to take for starting-up that can avoid costly errors and maintain control

Professional Advisors
Our professional teams of advisors are capable of delivering quality, targeted valuable support and advice to clients across England. Advice is based on our wide range of business experiences and our fundamental aim is to help make the most of a business idea and think about any areas that might have been missed.

Business Trainers
We have Business Trainers who deliver training workshops on specific business topics such as financial strategies, marketing, developing a business plan and digital skills. Our approach is to provide support giving the confidence to succeed and also challenge thinking when necessary to help strengthen ideas, plans and skills.

Qualified Coaches and Mentors
We have a number of qualified coaches and mentors across England whose backgrounds are diverse and range from careers in banking to retail. Each has the desire to help new entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

Coaching and 1:1 Sessions
Coaching and 1:1 sessions are available to provide intensive hands on bespoke support which benefits clients greatly.

Once a healthy and profitable business has been developed, the next step to consider is business growth …

This can be complex and time-consuming, but approaching it with a solid strategy and the right knowledge will help to achieve sustainable growth. We offer a suite of focused support programmes which will help businesses expand into new markets, develop innovative new products and processes, create partnerships with other businesses and access funding. When a business is facing change, new opportunities, or the challenge of dealing with growth, our expert advice and support will ensure any business is able to reach its full potential.

Funding Sources – Managing cash flow and investments are difficult decisions and issues for many new and growing small businesses. Small businesses will need to consider a number of options for their source of finance.  The Cavendish Enterprise business advisors will advise on the best route to take and provide support with the completion of the appropriate business plans. They will also be able to signpost to any available grants and funding sources.

Good relationships with a wide range of the banks means that we can guide applicants through the requirements and make introductions to the local bank managers. Advisors can also talk through the start up loans available, and any other funding initiatives to give a business the opportunity to start trading and grow.  We will support businesses by ensuring that the required robust business plan is developed including the financial projections which clearly state how the business will generate sufficient income to be sustainable and repay the loan.

Export – It doesn’t matter which country, or what industry sector, we can help a business grow internationally.

Innovation – Keep a company moving forward by establishing innovation and creative thinking as a core component of its business growth strategy.

Supply Chain Support – Our aim is to help businesses to find the perfect match in new distributors, suppliers, manufacturers or partners for Research & Development projects.

Human Capital – We can develop a skilled workforce to suit the specific business needs, through training, partnerships and collaborative working.

Intellectual Property – Discover how to use intellectual assets effectively to ensure protection for the business’s products and services.

Commercial Premises – Cavendish partners in the Midlands, South and East have a variety of commercial premises available to start up, small and growing businesses. These range from desk space, to offices, to light industrial units, all at competitive rates and on ‘easy in, easy out’ terms.  Virtual tenancies are also on offer.

“Every journey starts with a first step”

There is a Cavendish partner covering your region who can help and support you and your business….
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Current Programmes

Start & Grow

Start & Grow

The Start & Grow programme provides a range of pre and post start support to individuals looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start-up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground.

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Past Programmes

Ready For Business

Ready For Business

Ready for Business offers new start-up businesses the best preparation for success via expert support, advice and training, leading to the development of a robust business plan in preparation for external funding and future business success.

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Growth Vouchers

Growth Vouchers


The Growth Vouchers research programme looked into what works best when giving advice to business, whilst helping small businesses to find strategic advice from private sector suppliers who can help their business to grow.

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