Start-Up Business Support Programme for Wolverhampton Entrepreneurs

Intensive Training | Business Bootcamp | Follow-Up Support | Raising Your Profile | Expert Advice & Guidance | Connections & Networking

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is delighted to provide services for new and growing businesses on behalf of City of Wolverhampton Council as part of the local authority’s drive to build the city economy. Under the Council’s ‘Our City Our Plan’ strategy, the Chamber of Commerce team will offer local firms in the early stages of development a suite of activity to help them start up, scale up and thrive.

With funding from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund the start-up programme, which will run until March 2025, will provide support enabling Wolverhampton residents to engage and access skills to create the foundations for their business to prepare, start and ensure its survival. The scheme aims to increase the number of new enterprises, ranging from sole trader and micro business to small, medium-sized and large enterprises, including social enterprises.

How Does the Programme Work?

Stage 1 - Start-Up Seminar

A two hour engagement and awareness seminar introducing the opportunities and challenges of setting up your own business.

Stage 2 - Business Bootcamp

An intensive two day training course focussing on business planning, finances, bookkeeping, sales and marketing, branding and social media platforms.

Stage 3 - Follow-Up Support

A one-to-one review of your business plan, identifying further support required that is tailored to meet your needs. Giving your business every chance of success.

Programme Dates

First Cohort

Stage 1. Start-Up Seminar 19th February 2024

Time: 10am – 12noon OR 2pm – 4pm

Location: Ignite Hub, i10,Railway Drive, Wolverhampton

Stage 2. Two-day Bootcamp 19th and 20th March 2024

Time: 10am – 3pm on both days. Lunch is included

Location: University of Wolverhampton Science Park, WV10 9RU

Second Cohort

Stage 1. Start-Up Seminar 3rd April 2024

Time: 10am – 12noon OR 2pm – 4pm

Location: Ignite Hub, i10,Railway Drive, Wolverhampton


Stage 2. Two-day Bootcamp 21st and 22nd May 2024

Time: 10am – 3pm on both days. Lunch is included

Location: Community Hub 3, YMCA Black Country, 1 Tramway Drive,
Wolverhampton. WV2 1BJ

Third Cohort

Stage 1. Start-Up Seminar 4th June 2024

Time: 10am – 12noon OR 2pm – 4pm

Location: Ignite Hub, i10,Railway Drive, Wolverhampton

Stage 2. Two-day Bootcamp 9th and 10th July 2024

Time: 10am – 3pm on both days. Lunch is included

Location: Community Hub 3, YMCA Black Country, 1 Tramway Drive, Wolverhampton. WV2 1BJ

Fourth Cohort

Stage 1. Start-Up Seminar 3rd July 2024

Time: 10am – 12noon OR 2pm – 4pm

Location: Ignite Hub, i10,Railway Drive, Wolverhampton


Stage 2. Two-day Bootcamp 14th and 15th August 2024

Time: 10am – 3pm on both days. Lunch is included

Location: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton. WV1 4QR

Fifth Cohort

Stage 1. Start-Up Seminar 2nd October 2024

Time: 10am – 12noon OR 2pm – 4pm

Location: Ignite Hub, i10,Railway Drive, Wolverhampton


Stage 2. Two-day Bootcamp 19th and 20th November 2024

Time: 10am – 3pm on both days. Lunch is included

Location: Community Hub 3, YMCA Black Country, 1 Tramway Drive, Wolverhampton. WV2 1BJ



Contact us


Alison Trinder, Head of Business Support Programme

Alison leads our business start-up programme, delivering guidance and support in setting up your business and connecting you to opportunities across the region.

Do you or anyone you may know require start-up business help and would be interested in joining the programme? Contact us on the details below.

wolverhampton.startup@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

0330 024 0820

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