Thursday, 5 September 2013

Planning to set up a new West Midlands business?

We are delighted to announce that Interiors & Lifestyle Futures will be again running its highly successful ILF Venture programme from October 2013.

As well as six months of mentoring and development workshops, each newly created business will get a bursary of up to £1,000 on satisfactory completion of the programme.

“Following the success of our previous programme in 2011-12 where we helped 21 companies to set-up in the region, I am really pleased that we have been able to secure further funding to run ILF Venture again”, said Project Director Kathryn Burns.

Suberna Begum who took part in the original  ILF Venture programme

 “We learnt a lot from the last time about what new businesses really need. We will help participants to focus ideas, build business confidence and hone entrepreneurial skills.”

Will Cutler on an ILF Venture selling workshop

Typical areas for business support include: furniture, furnishings, textiles, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, ceramics, lighting, window products, interior architecture, jewellery and silverware, fashion, leather goods, glass, giftware and artworks.

For an application form, please email 

Completed applications must be returned by 20 September 2013.