What is Spark?
Spark is a flexible programme that helps new businesses to get established – from the first seed of an idea to one year’s trading. Through workshops, grants and one-to-one advice, the programme provides the insight and tools for you to start your business and make it a success.
The programme is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is looking to register a business in Cornwall. Fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, it utilises the expertise of Truro and Penwith College, Plymouth University, Cornwall Innovation and the Chamber of Commerce.
There are three simple steps to business success with Spark: Idea; Inspiration and Realisation.
Spark also offers a Women's programme, building on the successful Enterprising Smart Women programme, Spark for Women brings together likeminded entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality. If you're interested in this programme, please contact us on the details provided below.
Registered your business in the last 12 months? Click here to join our Spark for New Businesses programme!
Start your journey with an application form to outline your idea. Once we have received your application, we will contact you to set up a meeting to discuss your business further and work out an action plan that suits you.
Develop your idea with workshops and specialist advice. Join us for our two day ‘Business Essentials’ training for insight into marketing, sales, finance and even completing your cash flow forecast! Other opportunities include support with registering your business, writing a business plan and work with specialists who will give expert advice on next steps.
Once you have registered your business, you will receive further support to help your business in its early stages. Our New Enterprise Advisor will meet with you to discuss an action plan to take your business further. The action plan will consist of 12 hours of support, including mentoring, reviews, workshops and events.
You will be able to apply for a £500 grant to support your business needs and have access to office space for 6 weeks.
What happens next?
At the end of the test trade period, we won't leave you to get on with it, we will provide you with access to a business advisor and a mentor for a further 12 months while you get established!
If at any point during the five steps you decide you are not ready to start your business just yet, we will provide advice and guidance on other opportunities available across the county.
Get in touch to start your journey today, or apply now by filling in the Expression of Interest form below or contact the Spark team on:
t: 01872 308236