Bedfordshire businesses – don’t miss out on this programme of free advice, support and grants

Free advice, coaching and match-funding allowed Sophie Dean to grow her business.

“I was an actor and found voiceover originally as a side hustle to keep working creatively when acting work was sparse,” says Sophie, who wanted to create enough income to go full time with her business by growing it and encouraging a repeat client base.

Sophie provides voiceover narration for businesses worldwide – explainer videos, commercials, telephone messages and e-learning.

When she found out about match-funded grants in a programme run through Wenta she seized the chance.

Wenta has £55,000 to give away in grants through the Central Bedfordshire Programme called ‘Central Start’. Free advice, support and coaching is on offer to fledgling businesses – it could even help turn an idea into a genuine, thriving venture.

“They offered a wealth of free training resources,” says Sophie. “The advisors are great and really know their stuff. I was also interested in their networking events,” she says.

“I received a match-funded grant that I used towards voiceover coaching. The application wasn’t too tricky, there were some things I didn’t know how to fill out in the business plan but I got full support with that.”

Sophie adds: “The coaching I had was invaluable and I have learned techniques that I apply every day in my voiceover work. My yearly turnover has increased since having the coaching and I have more repeat clients.”


About the programme

The scheme is there for any kind of business – it could be part-time run from home or someone wanting to branch out to work for themselves.

Georgina Wark, Head of Digital, Communication & Marketing at Wenta, explains: “A new business start-up need not be alone, just having someone to talk it through with can be really helpful – starting out on your own can be a lonely thing.”

“Our business advisors have been there and got the tee-shirt,” she said. “They are all independent advisors, who have been through the process of setting up their own businesses, so they understand.”

Contact Wenta

All you need to do is read the criteria, register your interest and book your free 1-2-1 session with an advisor and they will talk you through everything you need to know.


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