Information for current, new and potential businesses within Wolverhampton.

We’re determined to keep Wolverhampton’s business community vibrant and resilient by working with our local businesses and their employees, those who are self-employed, and those looking to start a business.

Here you will find support and guidance if you want to:

  • Grow your business
  • Start a new business
  • Recruit staff
  • Find business property
  • Get support with procurement processes and opportunities
  • Develop new products and services
  • Find networking opportunities
  • and much more!

If you have a specific enquiry please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. For general information on support available please see the tabs below.

We are also seeking your views to develop the City of Wolverhampton Council’s future economic strategy. Please see the tab below to read the draft strategy and to make your comments and views known.

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Award winning Business Support
Wolverhampton Employer Support - Award winning Business Support

City of Wolverhampton Council has just been awarded a prestigious ‘best in the region’ award for its support for the local small business community. 
Wolverhampton was among 250 councils in England who entered the inaugural England-wide Local Government awards run by Britain’s biggest business representation group, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and it emerged triumphant in the Future Ready regional category. 
Local authorities from all across England responded to the call when FSB launched their inaugural Local Government awards, sponsored by Maybe*, which were aimed at celebrating and recognising those that had made the biggest impact on local SMEs during the Covid crisis and beyond. And Wolverhampton was named as the West Midlands regional champion winners with judges being impressed by the council’s work to help the local small business community by putting in place a series of measures aimed at helping small businesses to survive, revive and thrive after arguably the toughest two and half years of trading.  
 Richard Lawrence, Director of Regeneration, said:

"Our Relight Business Programme has supported around 200 sole traders, micro and small businesses. Following our work delivering the Covid grant support programme, we wanted to give local businesses the tools and knowledge to build resilience during the pandemic and grow as the economy opened back up. We did this by running a series of webinars, funded FSB and Chamber membership, carrying out financial and digital reviews as well as business diagnostics, and providing access to a grant to implement recommendations from the reviews. Supporting fantastic local businesses in our city is one of our key priorities as a council and we will continue to do this through projects like our Relight Business Programme."

FSB Development Manager for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, Karen Woolley said:

"It is really pleasing to see the City of Wolverhampton Council rewarded for its hard work and effort to help local SMEs through what has been a very challenging couple of years.  Both the quality and quantity of entries from this region and beyond was incredibly high so Wolverhampton should feel very proud to be among the winners. We look forward to continuing to work with them - and all our other business-supporting councils - to ensure we have a vibrant and strong local SME community."

Business support – established businesses

The Government website provides a search facility allowing you to identify current support most appropriate to your needs. You can search against business stage, sector, number of employees, and nature of support be it advice, grant, loan or equity.

Business Growth West Midlands, of which the City Council is a partner, provides a front door for accessing business support as well as a comprehensive search facility Business Support for business support programmes available to Wolverhampton businesses

For more general advice and information can be found at GOV.UK Business and Self Employed.


Digital Boost - It can be challenging and lonely to start or run a business, but it doesn’t have to be. This programme can connect you with volunteer experts in strategy, marketing, digital, finance and more for unlimited 1:1 or small-group business mentoring. If you work or lead an organisation with less than 250 employees, you can access resources, advice and information to help your business reach its potential online. The programme pairs small businesses with digital experts from the likes of Google and BT – to equip you with the essential skills to bring, or grow, your organisation online.

Made Smarter

Made Smarter was formed following a nationwide review into UK manufacturing that recommended three key changes: More ambitious leadership; More innovation in developing new technologies;. And faster implementation and adoption of those technologies. The aim is to boost the digital skills of industry leaders, bringing businesses and research development together to develop new technology, and helping makers embrace new digital tools.

Who is Made Smarter for?

  • Manufacturing leaders considering how to accelerate their growth.
  • Employees looking to upskill.
  • Graduates looking to apply their skills.
  • Technology providers wanting to support digital tech integration or development.

To find out more and to register to get more support go to

Employment and Skills

These continue to be challenging times for us all, however we are committed to continuing to provide the best support we can to businesses and jobseekers. We are here to help you plan your current and future workforce needs as you navigate the current  economic difficulties. Wolves at Work business services are ready and available to offer support to businesses looking for assistance on the following:

  • Recruitment - we can advertise and promote your vacancies and assist with sourcing new talent through the highly successful Wolves at Work project
  • Redundancy support
  • Advice on upskilling your workforce to meet future business needs
  • Useful connections to further business support

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for recruitment or workforce support:


There is a broad offer of support from the main High Street banks as well as loan and equity support from specialist providers:

International Trade

Invest in the UK - Made in the UK and sold to the World here you can find advice and information on beginning to export, developing your export potential, finding the right export markets, making an export plan. Online and phone support available, as well as 1-2-1 meetings. Over 280 market guides available and for further information contact DIT West Midlands – 020 4534 3667.

Low Carbon

ENTRESS 2 - This is a programme delivered by the University of Wolverhampton supporting SMEs with the adoption of environmental technologies and resource efficiency processes to improve business competitiveness. It provides 2 days free support to enhance the business knowledge linked to the areas of sustainability and the circular economy.

GREEN ADVANTAGE - A short course programme designed for business leaders, managers and professionals who want to consider the implications of climate and environmental challenges for their business or workplace alongside maintaining business performance and profitability.  This course will give you the information and skillset to understand environmental sustainability in your business context.

UK Business Climate Hub - The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. Whatever size your business or industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to your business, to your customers, to your community, to the planet – and to your energy bills!
That’s why the UK government has created the UK Business Climate Hub, a campaign that asks UK small businesses of up to 250 employees to join the fight against climate change by committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. We all want to create a better planet, but it can be hard to know where to start. Through this commitment, join other businesses, get tips, make a plan, and be confident that you are really making a difference to the planet and to your business.

Management Development 

Be the Business Mentoring Programme - A mentoring support programme that can focus across the business or on specifics such as digital, leadership, workforce, sales or growth. This can be run as a 12 week or a 12-month programme and to be eligible a business must have been trading for at least a year with at least 3 FT employees. The website also hosts useful templates and guides for managing and growing a business

Help to Grow Management Course - This management training programme gives access to 12-weeks of learning designed to fit alongside work commitments; helps you develop a bespoke business growth plan to help your business reach its full potential; provides 1:1 support from a business mentor; and helps you learn from peers and network with businesses just like yours. The programme is 90% funded by the government so a business only pays £750


Manufacturing Growth Programme - A dedicated, experienced, Manufacturing Growth Manager will provide on-going support, and can help identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement. It also provides a comprehensive business diagnostic tool specifically designed for manufacturers – GROWTHmapper

Made Smarter West Midlands - has launched a £1.9 million digital adoption push to drive growth in West Midlands manufacturing and engineering SMEs and help them boost productivity. Digital experts will provide advice to manufacturing businesses on how to switch to advanced and automated technologies as well as working to improve employees’ overall digital skills.

Product and Service Development

Innovate UK EDGE - A mentoring support programme that can focus across the business or on specifics such as digital, leadership, workforce, sales or growth. This can be run as a 12 week or a 12-month programme and to be eligible a business must have been trading for at least a year with at least 3 FT employees. The website also hosts useful templates for managing and growing a business including technology strategy, inclusive workforce, streamlined sales process, online competitor analysis, and managing risk; as well as guides on subjects including boosting employee motivation without increasing salaries, keeping cashflow forecasts up to date, improving staff onboarding, and top tips for good management

Innovation Competitions - These offer grants of between £25,000 and £10 million, and innovation loans of between £100,000 and £1 million. (Innovation loans only for UK-based SMEs to carry out late-stage research and development projects)

Advice & Guidance
Employment and Workforce Development

These continue to be challenging times for us all, however we are committed to continuing to provide the best support we can to businesses and jobseekers. We are here to help you plan your current and future workforce needs as you navigate the current  economic difficulties.

Wolves at Work business services are ready and available to offer support to businesses looking for assistance on the following:

  • Recruitment - we can advertise and promote your vacancies and assist with sourcing new talent through the highly successful Wolves at Work project
  • Redundancy support
  • Advice on upskilling your workforce to meet future business needs
  • Useful connections to further business support

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for recruitment or workforce support:

Or call the Business Support line: 01902 290242 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday or from 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays

Useful links

There are several useful websites to further explain the support available to businesses and their employees:

Useful links

Black Country-specific advice and support for businesses is available through the Black Country Growth Hub.

The Federation of Small Businesses has also published guidance on what you can do to protect your business and employees.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce have also published a number of interpretative and advice documents on the Government support schemes.

Guidance for food businesses reopening and adapting their businesses during COVID-19 can be found on the Trade with Confidence website.

The University of Wolverhampton Business School has a range of courses for managers and a dedicated COVID-19 Business Support Hub.


The following workshops and webinars are run in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Investment Readiness: Workshop for Wolverhampton Businesses

Investment Readiness: Workshop for Wolverhampton Businesses

Date: 31st January 2024, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: SPEED, University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Technology Centre PA104 Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU 

These free interactive taster sessions will give an overview of the funding options available to businesses and help to demystify the world of funding your business, including:

  • Debt finance & understanding interest rates
  • Alternative Finance
  • Grant funding – is it free?
  • Crowdfunding – reward, social and equity
  • Angel Investment & Venture Capital – when is it right for you?
  • The importance of creating a Pitch Deck or a Business Plan
  • Financial forecasting and why it’s the narrative you need

Further support will be delivered by the Access to Finance team through a combination of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring by finance specialists, all of whom have years of experience in unlocking funding and helping firms grow.

Here you can find more information and register for the workshop.

Register for the workshop here

RENEWABLE ENERGY – What are the costs and what are the savings

RENEWABLE ENERGY – What are the costs and what are the savings

Date: 6th February 2024, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Online

Join this webinar to learn more about renewable energy options for small and medium-sized businesses.

We will discuss how solar PV work, how much they cost, and what kind of savings businesses in the West Midlands and Warwickshire can expect in terms of both carbon and money. We will also present information about grant funding opportunities for businesses based in West Midlands .

Book a place here

Unlocking Apprenticeship Opportunities

Unlocking Apprenticeship Opportunities

Date: 7th February 2024, 10.30am - 11.00am
Venue: Online

Ever thought about hiring an apprentice but never had the support or the know-how to start?

Thrive at Work is pleased to host this 30-minute session during National Apprenticeship Week, informing you on how to source, fund, and work with your apprentice to develop a workforce with future-ready skills.

The session will be led by David Tomalin from West Midlands Combined Authority and Sian Roberts from Black Country Chamber of Commerce, who will run this session. During this session, you will gain an understanding of:

  • Navigating Apprenticeship Basics: Understand apprenticeships and how they work.
  • Finding Support for Recruitment: Discovering resources and avenues for recruiting apprentices.
  • Tailoring Apprenticeships to Your Needs: Understanding how apprenticeships can align with your organisation's requirements.
  • How easy is it to hire an Apprentice: Sian Roberts from the Black Country Chamber of Commerce shares their experience

This session will include a 25 minute presentation and a 5 minute Q&A. Here you can find more information about the Thrive at Work Wellbeing Programme.

Find out more here

Case Studies

Over the past 12 months we have worked with hundreds of local companies providing direct support, advice information and guidance. Here are some of those that we have supported through a capital grant on the ERDF AIM for GOLD Programme.



AGTV is a local independent broadcasting and media production company who has worked with a range of sporting companies including Wolverhampton Wanderers. Earlier this year they joined the Black Country AIM for GOLD programme and worked with City Council Officers to secure a grant to help purchase new equipment.

Alex Gage, owner of the business added,

“What I can say is that the grant allowed me to ensure that my company was able to remain competitive at the very top end of my industry. The purchased kit put me in position to compete for many jobs, at all levels of production”.

Aldridge Trimming

Aldridge Trimming Ltd

Aldridge Trimming Ltd is an Employee Owned business based in the heart of Wolverhampton and have been trimming classic cars since 1931. Over the years the business has expanded and evolved. They have gained a world-wide reputation for high quality British craftsmanship, supplying the major Jaguar, Ford and Triumph restoration companies around the world.

The company was started in a shed in 1931 by Don Newcombe, he provided a general trimming service for cars and coaches. In the Eighties it was taken over by his grandson, Simon Aldridge, who had helped his grandfather since 1963 during his time at school.

 Aldridge Trimming has always catered for classic cars, but moved into the mail order market in 1980 after Simon purchased a Jaguar E-type and needed parts for it. It was when Simon started making new trim for his car that he realised there was a big market for replacement interiors that customers could order via phone or internet, and be shipped straight to their door.

The company’s latest growth plans were based on investing in a Low-Pressure Polyurethane Dispensing Machine, otherwise known as a foam making machine. This machine has provided the innovation for Aldridge Trimming Ltd make the foam for all makes of classic cars. It has also helped in reducing costs, improving production time, increasing efficiency, and allowing the company to increase its product range. It also allows for expansion into other industries that are not necessarily car-related. A successful £10,000 AIM for GOLD grant supported by the City Council has enabled the company to make the full £33,000 investment in the new machine.
Simon Aldridge , owner of Aldridge Trimming Ltd, commented, “We have again had a positive experience dealing with the City Council and have had the same high standard of service as on previous grant programmes. The machine has been a fantastic addition to the company. In truth it has delivered more than we were initially hoping for, it has reduced our lead-times and our dependence on unreliable suppliers. We have created jobs as a result of this and have also massively increased the range of products that we offer. We are looking forward to working with Wolverhampton Council again in the future.”

Amaze Clothing

High street retailer Amaze Clothing Co Ltd, stock a large selection of knitwear and fashion clothing suited for the mature person, with most of their garments being manufactured in the UK.

With years of experience manufacturing trousers and tops for high street stores, it was a with a heavy heart that manufacturing ceased in 2009 due to rising costs. Now with a retail shop in Wednesfield High Street a modern workshop has been incorporated at the rear of the shop. The business is now sampling garments and manufacturing adaptable garments. Through the support of Aim4Gold, they were able to invest in a new blind stitch machine and a commercial ironing machine.

With footfall falling on the High Street, they have diversified their business to offer clothing alterations and repairs to other businesses, budding designers, and individuals.

The addition of new machinery in the business has improved efficiency and production quality. Going forward, the business has the capacity to now offer their services to businesses that sell high end garments with a requirement of a tailoring service.

The business owner Mr Lakhbinder Douley adds:

"I would like to thank Wolverhampton City Council. The match funding has enabled us to invest in machinery that has given us the edge and made a positive difference to our business in these challenging times."



Ceandess (Wolverhampton) Ltd has been operating in Wolverhampton since 1924 and is a well-established manufacturing company supplying component pressings to the automotive, agricultural and plant machinery industries.  The company is ISO 9001 accredited and manufactures a range of fuel and oil filters, base and filler assemblies and also fuel, engine and hydraulic oil filler caps.  These products are distributed globally, and the company also offers a range of services to local businesses, such as sheet metal forming, powder coating, drilling, tapping and machining. The company supplies to a range of well known businesses including JCB, Caterpillar, Garret Motion GTX, Kuehne & Nagel, Kingspan Water & Environmental, Rolls Royce and Volvo to name a few. They have also recently started supplying filters to the electronic and technological sectors.
The business approached the Council for support in a growth strategy based on investment in new equipment to reduce waste and energy and to improve the quality of the finished product. Their existing capstan manually operated lathe was old, damaged and with limited functionality impacting on business productivity. A new CNC lathe would dramatically increase the accuracy and quality of all of these products and allow the company to bring all of the turning back in-house. In addition to turned products, a new CNC lathe would also enable the company to start offering services in tool-making and concept tool development.
Company Director Ed Davies noted, “As a company we are extremely pleased to have been able to take part in the AIM for GOLD Programme, develop a growth plan, and secure the grant towards the purchase of a CNC turning lathe. It has really changed the culture and attitude towards modern methods of manufacturing and as a team has pushed the boundaries of what is achievable for our customers. The lathe has enabled us to reduce tool down time by at least 75% and we are now able to manufacture tooling components in house reducing cost and regaining control over the process”.
As well as having an immediate impact on the culture and on productivity levels the new lathe is also providing the opportunity to develop a stronger offer to existing customers. Ed added, “In terms of winning subcontract work for the lathe it is still early days but it has allowed us to win larger scope work as we have been able to take the whole job of Manufacturing TV brackets for camper vans as we were able to put accurate Radiuses on the hinge pin rapidly and repeatedly accurate. This encouraged the customer to put the whole assembly with us as we now had start and finish processes and this made savings in transportation. We are also in the process of quoting for fastener bosses on coach seats as we already do the powder coating of these. The next step will be to add a bar feeder so that we can rapidly manufacture large volume components. It has been extremely encouraging to have received such support throughout the AIM for GOLD Programme and to also meet and engage with others taking part in the process.”


Connxess Ltd is a company that provides back-office support such as administration, marketing and finance as well as one-to-one business growth support . Through the Aim4Gold Programme, they were able to invest funds in designing and building a bespoke CRM system that supports client management and email marketing linked to their Plan It Pro tool to allow new sign ups to automatically feed into the system. This has led to the growth in the business by enabling it to deliver more efficient marketing directly aimed at its clients resulting in an increase in customer retention. As a result of the grant support, the business has been able to support other local business and is looking to expand directly themselves.

The Business owner Juli Forrest comment:

“The support from Aim4Gold has been invaluable to securing the next stage of my business allowing it to grow quicker than previously anticipated.”

Future Genetics

Future Genetics is a precision medicine research company focused on the discovery and development of disease biomarkers in areas of unmet clinical need. Set up in 2007 by Dr Mohammed Kamran who has a PhD in Molecular Science from Imperial College London, the business is based at the Wolverhampton Science Park.

Dr Mohammed commented, “Future Genetics has immensely benefited from the Relight Business Programme. The staff running the scheme form a highly knowledgeable and skilled team that are truly effective supporting small businesses. I would have struggled to proceed and likely given up without the excellent guidance and support provided through the entire process. We are grateful for his expertise, professionalism and flexibility. The start to end support provided to our organisation”

The business were accepted onto the Relight Business Programme and then approached the Council with the outline of a growth plan based on the purchase of £160,000 DNA Sequencing Machine. We quickly recognised the value and impact of such an investment so worked with the business to develop the growth plan and develop an AIM for GOLD grant application. The DNA Sequencing Machine would enable the company to offer a new product in the form of DNA Testing leading to an additional revenue stream. This would not only add resilience and underpin growth but it will also perform a crucial role in funding the ongoing research and development the business carry out in relation to the long-term endeavour of identifying and validating a biomarker associated with treatment failure. This creates a virtuous circle where a successful biomarker could be patented and sole to a pharmaceutical company to not only secure funding for more research and development for the company, but it would also allow pharmaceutical companies to develop more effective drugs and treatments, improve health outcomes for patients and improve efficiencies within the NHS in the future.
Dr Mohammed added, “as a small business we are not that experienced in carrying out high quality grant-quality financial reviews. The well-structured support systems provided by the Relight Business Programme, where again Ross Edgley along with Stanley Ugwueze were great in educating and guiding us to successfully complete our financial reviews”

The company were successful in their grant application and secured over £40,000 toward their investment. As the business were also on the Relight Business Programme they also benefitted from a Digital Review from MNA Digital, as well 12 months free membership of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

Meji Media

Meji Media

Meji Media are an award winning events company led by Gurmej Singh Pawar that is based at Wolverhampton Science Park. Graduating with a Masters in Economics, Gurmej traded the volatile world of investment banking for the even more unpredictable world of events management. Having discovered a real talent for creating exciting experiences the business now organise events globally for tens of thousands of customers a year.

A guiding philosophy for Meji Media is that creativity and innovative thinking must be supported with good financial and business acumen to ensure very event achieves a tangible return for the customer. It was this mix of innovation and business return for the customer that led Gurmej to develop his unique brands of firstly the Moonlight and Misteltoe Christmas parties and the team building focused Banter Experiences; and then more latterly the venue and conference finding Venkey system. It was the development and adoption of this latter system that the City Council part funded through the ERDF backed AIM for GOLD Programme. After supporting Gurmej with his growth plan we went on to work up the grant application and then successfully secured a £20,000 grant toward his £60,000 investment.

Company Director Gurmej Singh Pawar commented, “it was tough during covid but we used the time to invest in technology; the grant support really helped us, and now we have gone from 4 staff to 9”.

Venkey with its comprehensive database of venues and its innovative search engine now helps thousands find the right venue at the right price at the right time – adding real value to the marketplace through the provision of its free venue finding arm.

Business Support - Start Up Businesses

Start Up Business Wolverhampton

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is now providing services for start up businesses on behalf of City of Wolverhampton Council as part of the local authority’s drive to build the city economy. With funding from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund the start-up programme, which will run until March 2025, they provide support enabling Wolverhampton residents to engage and access skills to create the foundations for their business to prepare, start and ensure its survival.

Further details can be found here: Start Up Business Wolverhampton - Black Country Chamber of Commerce

Under the Council’s ‘Our City Our Plan’ strategy, the Chamber of Commerce team will offer local start ups in the early stages of development a suite of activity to help them start up, scale up and thrive. To speak to the Chamber team about signing up for the programme, call 0330 024 0820 or email:

Ignite Business Workspace and Start Up Centre

IGNITE (Innovate, Grow, Navigate, Ideas, Technology, Entrepreneurship) is a FREE to use business workspace and start-up centre to help encourage co-working. Located in ground floor units 3 and 4 of the i10 office and retail complex at the heart of Wolverhampton city centre’s transport Interchange, IGNITE provides entrepreneurs, business start-ups, established growing SMEs, students and graduates with FREE bookable workspaces, resources and business support. For more information see here.


A wealth of business start-up advice and guidance is available via the Government website.

For sector, trade and activity specific business plan examples please visit Bplans - Sample Business Plans. Here you will find over 500 examples, along with other useful start up information.
The Princes Trust is also a good source and has useful information on typical business plan templates.
If you are looking for loan support the British Business Bank website also has useful templates for managing the start-up phase of a business including in particular the managing the cashflow element which is key to any business start up.
There is also Enterprise Nation which has useful information.
Expert support for small businesses in the UK | Enterprise Nation
The banks are also a useful source of information with the following available for the High Street Banks:

To help raise awareness of your business, build useful business contacts, and potential customers and suppliers it is probably beneficial to factor in time to attend networking events. Whilst some of these are chargeable many are free, and a good source for finding details of these is Eventbrite.

This allows you to identify all types of events by theme, location and date - and most of the business support workshops the City Council run are advertised there.
The Federation of Small Businesses and the Black Country Chamber also run networking and business support events, have a range of information on their websites, and whilst being membership organisations there is some information and events available to non members

City of Wolverhampton Council – Good Growth Strategy consultation

We are seeking your views to develop the City of Wolverhampton Council’s future economic strategy.  

The strategy outlines the Council’s proposed approach to economic development and how we will work alongside our partners to support the local economy to grow. Our strategy is based on three interconnected themes and a central principle of ‘good growth’. 

This means achieving both the right quantity and the right quality of growth; creating a strong, productive and resilient economy where a radical uplift in business competitiveness, productivity and profits goes hand in hand with access to good jobs that pay higher wages, and where all residents have access to opportunity and enjoy improved quality of life. 

You can find a copy of the draft Good Growth Strategy consultation here.

Through this consultation we want to understand what your priorities are for the city’s economy.

Take part in the Consultation

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If you have a query please complete the form below and we will respond within 48 hours. Alternatively,  you can call one of our business support officers during normal office hours (weekdays 9pm-5pm) on 01902 555572.

Depending on the nature of your enquiry we will provide a response direct to you or will refer your business to the relevant organisation/s to help you. This help might be through a relevant workshop, a specialist website, or more in-depth over the phone or face to face support.

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