Self-employment with the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

We are the prime contractor for the New Enterprise Allowance start-up programme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull. We also run the contract in Scotland. If you are in receipt of Government benefits, contact your local Job Centre today and ask about NEA. You could receive a 12-week business training scheme funded by the Government.

We will pair you with one of our Business Advisors who will provide guidance as they help you develop a business plan and mentor you through the early stages of trading.

Financial Support of up to £1,274 is also available in this scheme for each business owner. Subject to JCP approval.

For more information on the support available to you or to book an appointment with our dedicated business advisors.

Contact us on 0161 507 6366 or email

Customer Feedback

Andrew Gibson
“The NEA scheme is the best thing I’ve ever done.” He said. “When I went to PeoplePlus and told my business advisor Peter about the idea I had, he turned to me and said: ‘I have a good feeling about this.’ He was so helpful. He doesn’t think he helped much, but he did everything. He never once put up barriers or said I couldn’t do it.”
Martine Grainger
"Our Business Advisor, Naz Hassain, was very supportive. To be honest, he made the process of starting up quite easy. What I found particularly helpful was that whenever we got stuck with anything, we always knew that we could call Naz and he’d know what to do. When you are going into something new, it’s important to have someone like that on your side."
Sarah Niblock
“I never had the confidence to start my own business. But the support I received from my advisor was second to none. Starting a business really is hard work but I also have the benefit that it works around my other commitments. I already have more plans to ensure the success of Lots of Locks in the future. Thanks to PeoplePlus I now have the drive to succeed!”


To be eligible for the New Enterprise Allowance you MUST be in receipt of benefits. Ask your Job Centre Work Coach about the NEA today.

For further information from the Department for Work & Pensions visit here.