Getting Started

Getting Started

New Enterprise Allowance: Getting Started

If you’re in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or certain other benefits, alongside our other start-up support you can also benefit from the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, funded by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).

Support on offer

The scheme offers the following free support to get you going and help you through your first years trading:

  • LinkUp:StartUp workshops to help you find out more and decide if working for yourself is for you
  • One-to-one advice from our expert yet approachable business advisers
  • Marketing and finance workshops
  • A weekly allowance for up to 26 week (up to a total of £1,274)
  • Help to apply for a Start Up Loan

Ask your Jobcentre Work Coach to call us to arrange your first appointment.

If you haven’t already attended a LUSU workshop they’ll need to book you onto one before they can refer you for NEA support.


You need to be looking to start-up, over 18 and either:

  • You or your partners get Univerisal Credit, Jobseeker’s Alowance or Employment & Support Allowance, or
  • You get Income Support and you’re a lone parent, sick or disabled
This support is delivered by
  • Cumbria Chamber
  • Blue Orchid
  • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Get in Touch

Contact us today for help and advice on starting or growing your business.

Tel: 0844 257 8450