ENTERPRISING Worcestershire are supporting potential entrepreneurs be successful in their dream to start their own business in 2018.

Research from 123.Reg, found Brits are 10 per cent more likely to start a new business in January - according to the survey of around 10,000 new business websites due to launch this month.

Aspiring county entrepreneurs are encouraged to take the leap to their business dream through gaining help from free workshops, expert support and match-funded grants provided by the Enterprising Worcestershire Project.

The project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides a valuable support network to people embarking on the early stages of setting up their own business.

Lynne Avery, business growth programme manager, said: “The start of a new year is a time when people take the opportunity to reflect upon the past year and look forward to what they would like to achieve in the coming year.

“If you’re thinking about starting your own business or becoming self-employed, Enterprising Worcestershire can help by offering free support.

"For eligible businesses, there is also a match-funded grant of up to £1500 available,” she said.

In August 2017, Bromsgrove-based Studio B61 took advantage of support from Enterprising Worcestershire, which enabled it to purchase equipment, including drones, allowing it to expand into aerial photography for property clients.

“Both the mentoring and the funding gave us everything we needed to get going and get off to a flying start,” said Studio B61 co-director Sian Conway.

“Our new equipment meant that we were able to work more efficiently, expand our service offering, and compete against some of the larger marketing agencies who have state-of-the-art equipment.”

For more on Enterprising Worcestershire visit worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20431/enterprising_worcestershire.