Small businesses in Luton to benefit from new online support website

Having successfully launched the pioneering, business support website, My Incubator Ventures (MIV), to Wenta’s existing small business network across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Wenta, a member of the BCA, are delighted to announce that they will shortly be partnering with Luton Borough Council to pilot the website, offering one-to-one, online advice to small businesses run and based in Luton.

MIV is an interactive, all-round business support website that offers start-ups and small business owners access to real-time, online expert advice whenever and wherever they need it. The site also contains a business information library of useful, downloadable factsheets and documents such as business plan templates, details of events and training courses happening around the country as well as the latest business news for SMEs. The pilot will provide small business owners in Luton with access to all of the above, through Luton Borough Council’s website, free of charge.

Whilst nearly 1000 of Wenta’s existing clients currently have access to their business mentor online, this is the first time that new clients will be able to access pre-start, start-up and early stage business support via third party access to the portal.
Officially launched in September 2013 at Wenta’s 30th Anniversary Conference and growing rapidly, MIV is proving to provide a much sought-after service.

Laura Church, Head of Business and Consumer Services, said “This is an exciting opportunity to test out a new way of providing business advice and support to Luton businesses. It adds to the on-line offer that we already provide but with a bit more of a personal touch”.
Director of My Incubator Ventures, Greg Thomas, said “Wenta have an existing close relationship with Luton Borough Council and we’re thrilled that they are working with us on the project. The pilot will offer online access to business mentors to the people of Luton via the Luton Borough Council website.”

Whilst there are discussions and plans around a national roll out for MIV, Wenta are keen to find 2 more local partners to undertake a similar local pilot project to that of Luton Borough Council.

Greg added, “To encourage such a partnership approach to the roll out of MIV, Wenta and pilot partners are sharing the normal licensing costs equally between them.”

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