The NFEA is the membership body for local enterprise agencies in England. It’s essentially a network of bodies that provides help and support for new, small and growing businesses, with a particular emphasis on start-ups and micro businesses.
According to NFEA statistics the organisation conducted nearly 150,000 advice sessions in 2007, reaching more than 60,000 established companies, 70,000 pre start-ups and 30,000 new businesses.
One of the NFEA’s flagship initiatives is the Let’s Talk Business programme which it runs with Barclays. The programme consists of a series of tailored seminars geared towards people who want to set up a business. More than 7,000 people took part in the programme in 2008, which covers England and Wales.
The sessions are split into two categories with the first covering whether or not you are suited to being self-employed, the hurdles you can expect to face when setting up and how to research your idea.
The second type of seminar is more suited to those who are ready to start their business but need help with issues such as finance, marketing, business plans and networking.
For more information on the Let’s Talk Business programme visit www.nfea.com or call 01234 831 623