New Business Support

Starting a new business can be both an exciting and rewarding step, and in Neath Port Talbot Council, we recognise that start-up businesses play an important role to our local economy.

£2.8m UKSPF fund now open for applications

New and existing businesses can now apply for grants between £500 and £50,000 through our Business Investment and Start Up Grant. Register now to find out more.

As a start-up, your entrepreneurial activities not only support job creation, but provide innovative ideas, new ways of working and thus contribute to improving the area. The aim is to assist businesses throughout the whole start-up process.

We offer support in many different shapes and forms, such as;

Let's Talk: Starting Your Business

Let’s Talk: Starting Your Business is managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in partnership with local businesses and organisations to assist people in the community considering starting their own business. (It’s open to anyone thinking of starting a business).

This club runs on a monthly basis in Sandfields Business Centre, providing budding entrepreneurs with the opportunity of engaging with local experts, partner organisations and business advisers who can help to formulate business plans, discuss funding opportunities, provide guidance on Health and Safety, Financial support, Business banking, Social media and Branding.

The club is FREE and open to anyone within Neath Port Talbot who has a business idea, is interested in becoming self-employed and establishing a new business.

Let's Talk Business

This is a free event run by our own business team in collaboration with many of our business partners.

The aim of the Let’s Talk Business events is to provide business support and advice to those who are either looking to start their own business, or grow their existing business.
These will be held once a month in different areas across Neath Port Talbot.

This event will not only give you the chance to gain helpful advice from business professionals, but also connect with likeminded individuals

To book your place at an event, please use this link:

For more information on our events, send us an email:

See below for further information on the help available for Business start-ups...

UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tata Steel Group tasked with the responsibility of helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry.

Working with steel areas across the UK, financial support is provided to small and medium enterprises through the following: –
• Equity and/or loan finance for start-ups, expansions, acquisitions and management buy-outs operating within manufacturing and service-related business sectors.
• Share capital and share/loan packages up to £1m (terms individually negotiated for each investment)
• Small unsecured loans.
• For appropriate business projects, funding may be available utilising the Government backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG)
• Tailored financial solutions.

For further information on the above funding packages contact UKSE on 02920 471122, email: or visit