Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Venture start-up programme applications must be received by 15 August

Planning to set up your own West Midlands business? ILF Venture, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, can help with mentoring and development workshops.

Each week, experts will help you to focus your ideas, build business confidence and sharpen your entrepreneurial skills. You may also qualify for a bursary of up to £1,000, subject to funding conditions. 

Our programme is intensive and you will need to commit to a day each week from September 2014 to January 2015.

The business you plan to set up will need to fall within interiors and lifestyle sectors such as: furniture, furnishings, art, homewares, fashion, textiles, jewellery and giftware or related services.

You will need to be living in the West Midlands and to set your business up here. You must not yet be trading or registered as a business/self-employed before joining ILF Venture.

3 Day workshop October 2013

Introductory 3-day workshop: 23 – 25 September 2014
Weekly sessions start: 7 October 2014

Places are limited - we are looking for talented individuals with innovative ideas and a sense of design. If you are passionate about your idea, you should not miss this opportunity.

Application details
For application form & further information email: info@ilfutures.co.uk or phone: 0121 331 7922
Applications close: 15 August 2014
Interviews: 8 and 9 September 2014

  • Resident and eligible to work in the West Midlands
  • Planning to set up an interiors/lifestyle business in the region
  • Fully available for the four month programme in Birmingham
  • Not yet trading or registered as a business
  • Aged over 18

Here's what some of our recent participants said:

"A great team of experts to give you a boost up your own path. Every week when walking home we’d really feel that we’d learnt something," Nathaniel Hanna & Jake Lovell, Installation Specialists

"I had to change my career plans a few years ago. ILF not only helped me to plan the running of my own business but through them I also found part-time employment with one of the companies in the Interior & Lifestyle Futures network," Anna Peacock, Interior Designer

"Thanks to ILF my retirement dream came true 40 years early - kiln arrived!" Mpho Sekhonyana, Ceramicist

ILF Venture entrepreneurs March 2014

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