The decision to become an entrepreneur or freelancer is one of the most important you are ever likely to make.  Professional advice and support on whether owning and running a business is right for you, that there is the appropriate market for your product or service and that it can become a sustainable venture is available free from Ignite Business Enterprise.  The facts speak for themselves – More than 75% of new businesses fail within the first year of trading compared to over 85% of businesses who take our advice when starting out that are still trading after three years.

Our pre-start business advice service includes free one-to-one consultations with a Business Executive on the benefits and pitfalls of self-employment.  We will help you assess the viability of your business idea and provide advice and guidance on starting a new business.


If you are unsure as to whether your business idea will really work, our Business Executive can provide confidential, expert advice to get your business on the road.  We can also assist existing enterprises get their plan together or up to date, often when needed for a funding or bank application

Once your ideas are finalised and you have started up, you may feel that you would benefit from further help in running your business. Ignite provides free one-to-one consultations on all aspects of running your enterprise including cash flow, bookkeeping, marketing and sales. We offer a range of workshops, training and presentations aimed at helping you develop your own knowledge in these key areas.

Our services don’t stop once your business has been set up. Our Business Executives are on hand to provide free one-to-one business health checks to help you keep on track and our network will help you to keep in contact with businesses in the local area.


Our Business Health checks are tailored specifically to your entrepreneurial needs, we not only look at the financials and current status of your enterprise but we assess skills and ability to make your business survive or grow. This service has proved invaluable to many businesses that work with Ignite Business Enterprise and is included as part of the service for all our tenants at the Braintree Enterprise Centre.


Our business workshops and training are tailored to assist the small local business, you can book online and see what we have coming up, however if you aren’t sure of something you want assistance with we can usually provide a bespoke training session or put you in touch with a provider who can.


To book any of the above simply fill in the contact form on the right hand side of this page or phone 01376 340770, for training or workshops you may purchase via our online store.

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