Start, Build and Grow.

Start Build Grow . Illustration of three jars, each one willed with an increasing amount of cash and a growing seedling.

Start, Build and Grow. Are you looking to grow your Ipswich-based business? Want to access top-level coaches and support – for free? Then Start, Build and Grow is for you.

Business Growth Coach Network is a collective of mentors and coaches. They have a wealth of experience across all sectors. Each brings their own area of expertise and specialism, which means BGCN has the perfect match for you and your business. And now, thanks to the Start, Build and Grow Business programme, in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, AMS Business Consultants and the University of Suffolk, you can access those services for free.

Start, Build and Grow

Start, Build and Grow is a fantastic coaching and business support programme to help Ipswich entrepreneurs. 

Whether you have a business idea you would like to get off the ground, or a young start-up (less than 12 months) you need help establishing and growing, this programme can help you.

Free coaching and business support for local entrepreneurs This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and places, supporting local businesses, and people and skills. For more information, visit

What services can you access through the Start, Build and Grow programme?
This programme gives you access to a mix of face-to-face, and online support.
This includes:

  •  Tailored support bespoke to you and your business
  • Telephone induction and enrolment session to get to know what you want, and
  • Online resources such as business plan templates, financial planning templates and guidance documents
  • Support groups with peers
  • Group workshops led by our mentors and coaches
  • 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching
  • Start-up support

How do you qualify?

This free programme is for businesses based in Ipswich, for businesses that are under 12 months old – or not yet launched. Our focus is Ipswich businesses which want to Start, Build and Build. We want you to succeed – and this funded programme is a great opportunity to get the support you need.

If you would like to know more about the programme and find out if you are eligible to apply just visit the Start, Build Grow website, fill your details out, and we will call you for a chat to confirm if you can access the programme.

Apply on the Start, Build & Grow website

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What makes BGCN different?

Working as a network means that we have immediate access to the skills, experience,
contacts and help that you need.

We are passionate about supporting new start-ups to flourish and grow.

We have all been through what you are going through. We understand the pressure,
struggles, and rollercoaster that you are on as we have taken that ride too!

We genuinely care. Working with local start-ups means we have a genuine interest in seeing you achieve your goals and succeed. We are part of your local business community and want our local economy to thrive. Your success is our success, and we will work hard to make sure you have the support you need.

Action today!
Apply today to check if you can access this great programme to Start, Build and Grow your business.