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DWP New Enterprise Allowance

Do you have a good idea for a business?

NEA could give you money and support to help you start your own business. You need to be receiving certain benefits and have a business idea that could work.

Get started with NEA

Speak to your Jobcentre Plus work coach – they will explain how NEA could help you. They will also tell you about the support volunteer business mentors offer in the early months of trading.

Starting or running your own business

You may be able to get New Enterprise Allowance to help you:

  • start your own business
  • develop your business, if you’re already self-employed

What you’ll get

You’ll get a mentor who’ll give you advice and support to help you set up your business and start to trade.

Once you’ve made a business plan that your mentor has approved, you:

  • may get a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks
  • can apply for a loan to help with start-up costs

Developing your business

If you’re self-employed and getting Universal Credit, you may be able to:

  • get a mentor who’ll give you advice and support to help you develop your business
  • apply for a start-up loan if your business is less than 2 years old

To find out if you’re eligible for New Enterprise Allowance, contact your work coach by signing in to your Universal Credit account.

If you’re disabled or you have a health condition

You may be able to get extra support through an Access to Work grant.

Who to contact

Website
New Enterprise Allowance

Who is it for?

Ages
18+
Eligibility Details

Starting your own business

You may be eligible if you’re over 18 and either:

  • you or your partner get Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • you get Income Support and you’re a lone parent, sick or disabled

Developing your business

If you’re self-employed and getting Universal Credit, you may be eligible. To find out if you’re eligible for New Enterprise Allowance, contact your work coach by signing in to your Universal Credit account.

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Yes
Referral Details

Speak to your Jobcentre Plus work coach

Last updated date:
30 October 2019

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