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#START-UP Business Support - helping your business to 'start well'

Nurturing and facilitating Start-up business and self-employment across Suffolk and Norfolk.

Here at MENTA we have a range of training options and support to help you and your business to start, grow and thrive. We offer workshops and 1-to-1 support on a wide range of topics to new and existing businesses across Suffolk and Norfolk.

Our start-up support is fully-funded, so no cost to you! Plus, you can choose the level of new business support you want in 3 easy steps:

Thinking of starting or just started a business in Suffolk or Norfolk? Enrol below to access free start-up support.
Our team will email you when your enrolment has been verified with a link to book your free sessions.
Register you and your colleagues on the sessions you are interested in, now and in the future, and show up!

What is included?

Comprehensive ‘start up’ support is available to anyone thinking about starting a business or who has already begun the process. The programme includes workshops and 1-to-1 support on business planning, marketing, book-keeping, sustainability, sales and more. Guidance is also available on financing a new venture and developing skills and confidence to ‘start well’ and help your new businesses to flourish.

Business planning

Helping you develop your plan, by considering the key questions, such as -
  • Is your business idea viable?
  • How do you undertake market research?
  • Sole trader or a limited company?
  • What insurances do you need?


Helping you get to grips with the key aspects of Marketing
  • What is marketing?
  • Logo design and branding
  • Website options and SEO
  • Using Social Media to promote your business
  • Website builder demonstration


Helping you to stay on the right side of HMRC!

  • Record keeping
  • Allowable Expenses
  • Profit and Loss
  • Using excel spreadsheets - with worked examples
  • Off the shelf solutions - Apps and cloud accounting options


Helping you to sell yourself, your products and your services confidently, without appearing ‘pushy’ or ‘desperate’!
  • Learn how to create an interest
  • Increase your conversion rates
  • Overcome objections
  • Close the sale
  • Boost your confidence

Journey to Net Zero Carbon

Why reducing your carbon footprint and enhancing sustainability is important for your business

  • Explain what is meant by 'carbon neutral' and other key terms
  • Calculate the carbon footprint of your business
  • Create a carbon management plan
  • Be able to demonstrate your green credentials

121 Support

To build your confidence and skills in areas such as -

  • Generating business ideas
  • Confidence - overcome imposter syndrome and really feel like a business owner
  • Getting your first customers
  • Planning and Prioritising
  • Building your support network

Access to finance

Need to raise funds to get your business off the ground?

  • Find out what support is available in your area - are there any grants available?
  • Business start-up loans
  • Applying for funding - preparing a business plan and financial forecast

Progress check-ins

Progress check-ins and ongoing support - we're here for the journey!

  • Regular check-ins to support your progress
  • Unbiased advice and guidance
  • A sounding board to bounce ideas around
  • Coaching and support to help you overcome any challenges

Enrol or arrange a call back for more information, (if your region is not listed then arrange a call back).


Going the extra mile to help your business 'start well'

Our team are ready to help you and answer any questions you may have. You can either book a call back via the button above or drop us an e-mail at Or, if you prefer, you can pop in and learn at one of our business hubs. The MENTA team are based in Bury St. Edmunds, Haverhill, Felixstowe, Brandon and Southwold.

Planning & Preparation

We’ll help you prepare to become your own boss so that you can hit the ground running.

Sales & Marketing

We’ll help you to identify your target market and develop your marketing strategy. All MENTA supported businesses get a free listing on our MENTA Marketplace website.

Accounting & Legal

We’ll provide the tools to help you manage your finances and navigate the legal requirements and processes you’ll need to implement.


MENTA have worked with over 55,000 SME’s delivering support, training and coaching to help their businesses to thrive and grow. We have been rated as the top start-up provider across Suffolk and Norfolk for the past 3 years.

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More about MENTA


MENTA offers the most comprehensive #Start-up bundle in Suffolk and Norfolk to help individuals become their own boss and create a new business. Our team understand the challenges that running a business can present and are ready to provide non-biased advice, guidance and support to help you succeed.

Your MENTA #Start-up bundle includes training, 1 to 1 coaching and access to easy to use tools and templates in a bite sized format when you need it.

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What #START-UP participants say...

    Insightful, supportive, accommodating, I definitely recommend Menta, thank you!

      I am very grateful to Tim Cook and the MENTA team for their professionalism, attention to everyone, structure and good presentation of the material. Thank you very much for such support and business development opportunity.

        Starting Up a Business course is fantastic. Was packed full of information I hadn't considered and am grateful to now know. It is inspiring and motivating! Stuart is a fantastic presenter. Knows his subject, delivers in an engaging and easy to understand way. Can't wait for the next course! Thank you Menta!

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