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Start, Build & Grow Business Programme

Wanting to start or grow your business in Ipswich?

Have a business idea you need help getting launched? Started a business in the past twelve months you need support getting established? Start, Build and Grow is a fantastic FREE programme created just for you.

Whether ready to employ your first team member or trying to get the idea from your notepad into reality, Start, Build and Grow is here to support you. Our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge to educate, guide, and help you.

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If you would like to know more about the programme or find out if you are eligible and apply, please fill in your details, and our team will contact you.

The Programme

If you have started a business in the last twelve months, or want to start a new one, then we are here to help.

If you want to take steps to employ someone or develop your business knowledge and skills, then we are here to help.

It’s time to take advantage of the FREE resources of the Start, Build & Grow Business Programme

Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with Business Growth Coaches Network, AMS Business Consultants and the University of Suffolk have developed the Start, Build & Grow Business Programme.

The team will be there with you from concept to launch and to support your ongoing growth. We have brought together experts in all aspects of running a business to support the journey you are on, to get you on the right path, providing a route map covering all the areas you need to consider pre, post launch and ongoing.

This fully funded programme provides tailored support and includes

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A telephone induction and enrolment session

A range of Workshops and Training

Individual Coaching

Membership of a Peer Group

Online resources

Who are BGCN?

We are an abundant font of knowledge found in one space. We came together as a group of like-minded experts with one common goal: to provide genuine support to achieve tangible business growth results for the companies we work alongside.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit