Self employment

Free Business Support
Blue Orchid is able to offer free support to Sole Traders and SME businesses across Merseyside who are looking to grow their business.

As one of our clients, you will be able to choose from a variety of support to create a bespoke package to help you develop and grow. You can choose from:
* 1-2-1 Business advice
* Professional Networking Groups
* Business related workshops including:
- Sales Strategy
- Sales Skills
- Managing your finances effectively
- eCommerce
- Social Media
* HR and Recruitment services - Blue Orchid recognises that recruitment can be a costly exercise. Choosing the right person to join your organisation is of paramount importance to ensure you can grow your business quickly and effectively. As part of our offer of free business service, Blue Orchid can help you with your recruitment by offering the following services free of charge:
- Job advert placement on a leading job board
- Creation of job descriptions and person specifications
- CV searches and candidate short listing
- Telephone assessments
- Interview preparation for your staff

To arrange an initial diagnostic meeting to see how we can help you with your recruitment needs, please contact our Gateway Team on 0161 341 0245.

Start-Up Loans

The Start-Up Loans Company is a Government funded initiative that provides start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor for entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years across England and Northern Ireland.

The Start-Up Loans Company was created to go some way to help solve the problem of supporting young people who have a feasible business idea but no access to finance. With a view to providing a robust SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) sector of tomorrow, The Start Up Loans Company aims to equip enterprising individuals with the tools needed to make their businesses a success.

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