Careers Service

Work for Yourself

Work for Yourself

Work independently or start your own business with help from START UP

Ngozi Ossai founder of start-up GOZI Haircare

Help at any stage

Do you want to start or grow a business or independent career?

If you want to explore ideas, establish an innovative new service or use your skills and specialisms to create your own opportunities, we can help you at every stage of your journey from pre-idea to launch and beyond.

Our support to business founders, freelancers, and independent professionals includes confidential one-to-one coaching, online workshops, peer-support groups, equity-free grant funding, a business pre-accelerator programme, co-working space and more.

For founders and pioneers

We support all areas of the self-employed, working with hundreds of students and graduates as individuals or teams. There are currently 191 START UP-supported businesses trading with a combined annual turnover of almost £100 million. Between them, they've raised over £35 million in external investment, won national and global awards and created 672 full-time equivalent jobs.