Aiming to enable local entrepreneurs to thrive by injecting enterprise into local communities & supporting employment growth across our region.
Aiming to enable local entrepreneurs to thrive by injecting enterprise into local communities & supporting employment growth across our region.
Aiming to enable local entrepreneurs to thrive by injecting enterprise into local communities & supporting employment growth across our region.
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Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Self-employment

Our Workshops

Our qualified advisors provide individually tailored advice and support to enable entrepreneurs and business owners to achieve business goals, overcome challenges and turn their business into a bigger success.

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • Business Marketing

Preparation, your idea and your finance, to get an overview about working for yourself, understanding the need for a business plan, understanding the health and safety issues, understanding legal issues. The different forms of trading, the legal implications, Tax, National Insurance and VAT.

Pricing, Finance, personal survival budget, business survival budget, sales forecast and cash flow forecast. Support on completing your personal survival budget, providing a template, developing your pricing structure and completing your sales and cash flow forecast.

  • To understand what book keeping is and what’s involved.
  • To establish an effective book keeping method.
  • To understand income and expenditure.
  • To understand direct and indirect costs.
  • To understand turnover and profit
  • To design income and expenditure sheets/basic book keeping records

Support on producing a customer profile, completing a SWOT analysis, writing and practicing your Unique Selling Point (USP).

  • Research Topics,
  • the methods you use,
  • customer care, customer profile,
  • customer segmentation,
  • SWOT Analysis.


Access to Business, Wolverhampton based Charity is the Lead partner on the joint project with SWEDA (Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency), Charity based in Sandwell – ‘RAISE – Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Self-Employment and Social Enterprise’.

The project funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) delivers support to entrepreneurs in the Black Country to set up and run their businesses, specifically targeting new and early stage entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups including women, BME communities and disabled people. Initially 3 year project 2016-2018, RAISE has been extended to 2021 due to its successful performance during the first stage. 

Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Self-employment

Post Support Workshops

Access to Business and SWEDA deliver a range of FREE workshops that cover Business Planning, Marketing, Finance and Legals. We provide quality post support such as Bookkeeping, Self Assessment and Social Media for your business or enterprise when you begin trading.

Social Media

  • Insight into Social Media Platforms
  • The Type Of Content To Write
  • How to Plan & Create a Strategy
  • Intro into Ads & Boosts
  • Using Analytics to Your Advantage
  • Interactive Q&A
  • How To Run A Successful Social Media Campaign

Self Assessment

  • Review Making Tax Digital
  • Understanding of Our Tax, Ni Rates & Liabilities
  • Discuss Software Options
  • Registering for Self-Assessment With HMRC
  • How to Complete Self-Assessment Tax Return


  • Understand Bookkeeping
  • Direct & Indirect Costs
  • Basic Bookkeeping Records
  • Understand Income & Expenditure
  • Effective Bookkeeping Methods
  • Understand Turnover And Profit
  • Design Income & Expenditure Sheets

Supporting Businesses


Our Work Over the Years

By reducing barriers to business/social enterprise start-up and self-employment RAISE aims to enable local entrepreneurs to thrive; injecting enterprise into the grass roots of local communities and supporting employment growth across our region.

Initially a 3 year project running from 2016-2018, RAISE has been extended to 2021 due to its successful performance and outstanding outcomes.

In this period we have supported over 1500 entrepreneurs and 518 existing businesses to develop and grow their enterprises.

Passing Evaluation

Project Statistics

RAISE builds on the previous successful SEED (Supporting Employment and Enterprise Development) project delivered in partnership between Access to Business and SWEDA during 2012-2015, which supported 1445 people resulting in 155 businesses and created in the Black Country providing employment for nearly 200 people.

An independent evaluation of the project was carried out by CAAT Services Ltd. The evaluators concluded that:

The RAISE programme and its predecessor SEED have proved in their targeted intervention that the third sector approach to supporting people to start businesses works!!  Aspiring entrepreneurs and members of the hardest to reach communities would not have a chance at starting a business without this kind of support.”

eBay, business, networking

eBay Trading Event

A2B staff at the annual ERDF RAISE event for eBay Trading, September 2019. 


Supported People




Employed People


Further Contact

For Further Support

If you are thinking of becoming self-employed and or already have an existing business but need support to develop and grow, contact Access to Business on 01902 572397.

If you wish to find out more about services available sign up for one of our Self Employment Information sessions which run weekly at both organisations.

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Access to Business is the Wolverhampton based charity providing professional services supporting local people into employment and self-employment and also offering accredited and non-accredited training courses and office services for local businesses.


  • The Curve, 81 Tempest Street Wolverhampton, WV2 1AA
  • 01902 572397

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