Start-up support
Start-up support

Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting and daunting things you can do. It takes guts and a lot of hard work but you don’t have to go it alone or re-invent the wheel. There’s plenty of support available and Opportunity Peterborough can help you to access it. From start-up loans and managed workspaces, to advice and guidance on everything from tax to websites and business planning, we have the contacts that will help you to achieve your goals.

Our partners below will be pleased to help you:

Advice and guidance

  • Nwes: Established in 1982, Nwes is the UK’s largest not-for-profit Enterprise Agency. Providing total business support, boosting self-employment and encourage entrepreneurial skills throughout the East of England.Nwes offers one-to-one business advice, a range of business and personal skills training courses, access to finance (including Start Up Loans: a government back initiative looking to provide finance to people over 18 wanting to start a business) and serviced business premises, for those wishing to start or grow a business. Find out more – phone: 0845 609 999 or email:
  • StartandGrow: The only online business resources platform in the UK that supports the business journey from pre-start to start-up, and on through stages of growth. Providing bitesize course modules, live forums, stories and blogs, this interactive platform can help you master the essentials of starting and growing your business. Find out more at StartandGrow
  • Serious Impact: a five-channel programme open to any individual or organisation that aims to provide social and environmental impact, whether a pre-start, start-up or SME, and regardless of the business model and structure. The programme delivers support to inspire entrepreneurship, drive growth and create sustainable ventures in sectors such as AgriTech, SocialTech and CleanTech, which aim to help solve social and environmental problems from climate change to food poverty to the issues faced by our older population. It operates from Allia’s Future Business Centre in Peterborough and has received £1.7m of investment. Find out more here:

Managed workspaces

  • The Eco Innovation Centre is a bustling business hub located in the heart of Peterborough. Set in a beautiful grade II listed building and with direct views of Peterborough Cathedral, the Eco Innovation Centre provides serviced offices for virtual and physical business tenants, as well as offering high quality meeting and event space. Discover more at
  • Peterborough Workspace provides low cost, flexible office and workshop premises for, primarily, new and start-up companies. The centre also offers free business support through workshops and advice on business related matters such as access to funding and marketing. For more information, visit:
  • Allia Future Business Centre supports social and environmental ventures through the provision of shared co-working incubation space for start-ups, through to offices and workshops for growing enterprises and event space through which free business support workshops, and seminars, are delivered. For more information visit:


  • Innovation Lab: The Peterborough Innovation Lab is located at the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough. It is designed to provide access to the technology and support that entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs  need to design, test, prototype and create items that will make a positive impact on people, planet and place. The Lab is full of the latest technology and kit including CAD systems, electronics design, advanced prototyping tools, 3D-printing and digital design, even drones and augmented reality. For further details and to register your interest in using the lab visit:

For further guidance on where to access start-up business support in Peterborough, contact us.