What do we do?

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We provide information, advice and support to disabled people and people with long term health conditions, who run, or want to run, their own business.  

 

Our experienced disabled business advisors have been providing support through the Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN) since 2001.  And many of our advisors run their own businesses too!

 

The aim of DEN is to provide the information people need to start up and manage their own business.  We are also very experienced at finding local and national support, finance and training.

 

We provide information, using plain English and accessible formats, to help disabled entrepreneurs to remove the many extra barriers they face.

Who do we support?

We can provide you with support at any stage of your business.   You may just be starting to think about a business idea and need to find out about the things you need to do to set up a business.   Or you could have a well established business, but you are having difficulties and need some additional support because you are disabled or have a health condition.  Either way, we can usually help you to resolve any difficulties you may be having with getting the information and support that you need to set up or keep your business going.  We can also help if you are struggling at work because of an impairment and you are thinking about running a business from home, to see if this will be more suited to your individual circumstances.

 

Whatever your situation, if it is about work and you have an impairment, we can probably help!  And if we are unable to give you an immediate answer, one of our advisors will research the topic and contact you or we will signpost you to an organisation that can provide the advice and information you need.  So, if you need support, or you would like some more information about Work Helpline UK, please get in touch

Is there any information for people setting up in business?

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We have produced a plain English Resource Guide called “Setting up in business?  A Resource Guide for disabled people and their advisors” to support disabled people who want to set up in business.   The Resource Guide Pack is available in a number of CD formats including standard, large print, audio, easy read and text only.   It has also  been used by business advisors within mainstream organisations to enhance the support they provide.  Key issues covered in the pack include:

  • Different types of business structure
  • Where can I get mentoring support?
  • Where can I get support with funding?
  • Hints and Tips on keeping motivated
  • Hints and Tips for meeting with a business advisor
  • A word of advice when dealing with your tax
  • Working from home.

 

We have also included stories from disabled entrepreneurs and their experiences of starting up in business.  If you would like to know more, please visit the ADP site for more information and to place an order.

Here’s what our clients said:

“Many thanks to you all for this very useful and helpful information pack. I finally feel that I have the information I need to take the plunge and start my own business.” - Jewellery Designer with rheumatoid arthritis
“I have spoken to so many people, over the years, about working from home, but never got past the first hurdles. As a result, I had begun to lose hope. But, your knowledge, encouragement and positivity is a breath of fresh air… I now finally have a plan of action to get my private practice off the ground! I really wish I had spoken to you when I first got my diagnosis.” - Healthcare professional with complex long term health condition
“Thanks very much for sending the info to me. The guide and materials are very useful and I've got lots of leads to look into, so thanks for setting me on my way! The stories are very inspirational and rung lots of bells with me, as well as providing lots of encouragement.” Artist with mental health difficulties