Businesses across Waveney were given a financial boost today with the launch of a support scheme which will offer free advice and training workshops.

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The Waveney Business Support Voucher Scheme will hopefully see 100 businesses or people thinking about setting up their own business take part in a six month trial to help boost companies and the local economy.

The scheme will see new, start up or established businesses receive up to £300 in vouchers which can be used for two free sessions with a qualified local business advisor and go towards a contribution for business skills workshops or a four day business planning course.

Business advice could range from legal issues, budgeting and using social media tools.

The Waveney-wide voucher scheme has been set up by NWES, Waveney District Council, the Waveney Business Forum and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Today the scheme was launched at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft with business leaders stressing how vital business support was for the region.

Colin Law, leader of Waveney District Council, said the business support initiative would build on the region’s growing importance as an energy hub.

He said: “We are keen to ensure all our businesses have access to top quality support and advice.”

Drop in sessions to promote the voucher scheme will be held in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Southwold with dates to be arranged.

For more information visit or call NWES on 0845 60 99 99 1 or email quoting Waveney Voucher Scheme.


  • Be wary of accepting any finance or financial recommendations from NWES. This is from bitter experience, a 10% intrerest rate turned out to be 100% and that is from a supposedly business support organisation!

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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The biggest problem for any business in Lowestoft IS Waveney District Council. Untill they wake up to the damage they've caused and do something about it any scheme that they are involved in should be avoided at all costs.

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    kevin bacon

    Friday, December 7, 2012

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