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Business Information

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A mass of information is available for those starting or running businesses, both on the web and face-to-face.

Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs are pleased to signpost to other sources of help. On this page you will find various other support you should consider.

If you are a provider of information or courses aimed at business start-ups then please contact us (with Information Provider as the subject line) so we can share suitable information either here or on the event calendar page or through the guidance given through the project.

Information and Government support available to set up your own business.

Information on an increasing range of Government services is now held on the GOV.UK website, this includes a wide range of advice on setting up and running a business.

The link below takes you to relevant pages:

The Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offers specific help to set up in business for unemployed people claiming Jobseekers allowance. The programme is called the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

NEA can offer the following:


You could get:

  • a loan up to £1,000
  • a weekly allowance up to £1,274 paid over 26 weeks

The loan has to be paid back, the allowance does not. Any money you get does not affect your Housing Benefit, tax credits or Income Tax.


You could get:

  • a mentor to help you develop your business idea and write a business plan
  • ongoing support from a mentor in the early months of trading

Full Information on NEA can be found at:

Conditions do apply to this programme and the rules may change as time goes on, but the basic eligibility rules are you must be aged 18, have a business idea and get 1 of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support as a lone parent
  • Employment Support Allowance, if you’re in the work-related activity group

You don’t qualify if you’re part of the Work Programme.


If you are interested in finding out more about the New Enterprise Allowance then contact the Jobcentre in Cinderford at:

Foundry Road
GL14 2JU
Telephone: 0800 169 0190   Textphone: 0800 169 0314

Or in Coleford at:

4 Mushet Walk
GL16 8BQ
Telephone: 0800 169 0190 Textphone: 0800 169 0314

Adult Education Gloucestershire

Adult Education provide a varied programme of courses for adult learners looking for:

  • ‘first steps’ learning with support to improve literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • new skills for today’s workplace, including professional development
  • personal and recreational learning activities, and
  • multi-generation learning for families.

Adult Education’s priority is meeting the needs of learners who have not yet achieved full level two qualifications (defined as 5 GCSEs at grade C, or similar), and people who are disadvantaged by social, economic and health barriers. While some of that funding underpins some of our training, there are other suitable courses to which you might be referred.

To find out more about their general services then the best place to look is their website.

Courses for Adult Learners

To find a course directly then try their online search engine.

You can search by subject or by course title; you can even search by location. And if there is a day of the week that suits you best, or a time in the day when you would like to learn, you can filter the results to find what’s available.

The online directory covers current and future courses, and listings are refreshed each term. So if you don’t find what you are looking for come back and search again later.

Alternatively there is the learner handbook

Courses for employers

Adult Education offers high quality teaching, training and assessment programmes for employers. In addition to offering a bespoke service tailoring programmes to the needs of individual employers, clients can choose from an existing portfolio of courses. For more information about learning programmes for employees, click on Information for employers