We use cookies on our web-site to monitor and improve the functionality. By continuing to use this web-site you are giving consent to cookies being used. To find out more, see our cookie policy

"I really appreciated your training and enthusiasm in helping me to develop our new website."

Helen Davey | Davey's Cracking Good Eggs

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Scheme

If you are currently unemployed and want to follow your dream and start your own business then we can help. Being self-employed can be a great way to make a living, working the hours that suit you and an opportunity to do something you enjoy.

If being your own boss sound like something you would like to do then the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme could be for you. It supports people currently unemployed to get a head start in business and self-employment.

Your own mentor

We will work with you to develop a business plan and give you advice on areas such as marketing, finances and business planning. You will initially meet with one of our trained advisors and once successfully enrolled on the scheme you will be given your own business mentor who will guide you along the way. Our business mentors have a wealth of experience in all areas of starting and running a successful business and will be on hand to make sure that your business is a success.

Self-employment Workshops

Before you begin on the scheme you will be required to attend a self-employment workshop to get a complete overview of what it means to become self-employed and whether it's the right decision for you. These run regularly and are held in various locations.

You will also have the opportunity to attend other workshops covering topics on marketing and financial planning.


Business Loans

As part of the scheme you will be entitled to apply for a maximum loan of £2,500 to get you started once you have successfully completed your business plan.

How to Apply

If you would like to find out more you can contact your local Job Centre Plus or give us a call on:

Free phone 0800 592 872

or email team@bipwestdevon.biz


news & events


Free business tips and advice - Join over 1,700 subscribers

We provide over 1,700 people regular advice, news and information via our fortnightly newsletter which you can sign up to here.


Enterprise Clubs - Be Your Own Boss

Being self-employed or starting a new business can be a great way to make a living, working the hours that suit you and an opportunity to do something you enjoy.


More Volunteer Business Mentors Needed

Could you use your business experience to be a Volunteer Mentor and help unemployed people to start in business?