Kick Start Business Support Programme

Kick Start Business Support Programme

Access a dedicated programme of support for start-ups and SMEs. Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, the Kick Start programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business. Join one or more of the webinars, or face-to-face sessions, for practical, jargon-free training and advice. To view the full list of events click here

What’s in it for me?

Small business grants

Part of the Kick Start programme is the opportunity to apply for a grant. Successful applicants will receive a £2,000 grant for business expenses, a year’s free membership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team. ​Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a panel event, where they pitch their business to a group of local business experts.

Are You Eligible?

The eligibility criteria and terms and conditions include:

  • The business must have been registered, in Northamptonshire, on or after 1 May 2021, or be registered within two months of receiving the grant

  • The business must submit a complete business plan, using the BIPC Northamptonshire business plan template, and application form

  • The business must have attended at least two of the BIPC Northamptonshire Kick Start sessions, one of which is business planning, between Tuesday 3 May and Friday 15 July 2022

  • Grant applications must be received by midday on Friday 29 July 2022


View the full list of terms and conditions here.

Download the application form here.

Download the BIPC Northamptonshire business plan template here.​

Looking for TraineeshipApprenticeship Support?


16 yr old and over can gain the skills and qualifications needed by businesses with a combination of flexible on-the-job and off-the-job learning.

Graduate Placements /

Coming soon Graduate programmes last up to 10 weeks. You only pay 40% of the total employment cost which gives you a unique chance to get some serious talent on a project.

In-work Training/

Coming soon Training that will help you refresh and build on your existing skills in order to help you in your job.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships/

Coming soon The Knowledge Transfer Partnership project is shared by the business and by Innovate UK who contribute 50-67% of support to help businesses grow.

Traineeships for employers

The intention of traineeships

Reduce the number of young people who are unemployed, not in education or in training.
Encourage 16-18 year olds to participate in training and education.
Secure young people’s progression to a positive outcome as quickly as possible

Have questions?

Whether you have a question about traineeships, apprenticeships, training, eCommerce, or anything else, our team is ready to answer all your questions.

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