The Enterprise Club inspires enterprise in all its forms and offers free membership to staff, students and local entrepreneurs or would be entrepreneurs. If you have an idea and the motivation to succeed, The Enterprise Club can set you on the path to success.

We offer one to one business advice, mentoring, business skills training, networking with other entrepreneurs and access to funding opportunities. We have access to information on all types of business and social enterprise and can guide you through the business planning process to turn your ideas into reality.

You do not have to be a student of the University of Northampton to be a member of The Enterprise Club – we welcome all who have an interest in enterprise. To become a member please complete our online membership form.

Benefits of membership:

  • networking with other enterprising people
  • business and social events
  • access to business information
  • members’ website
  • enterprise training workshops
  • access to business start-up advisers
  • access to business mentors
  • business advice sessions (by appointment only and can be held at either Avenue or Park campus)
  • free membership of Northants Chamber
  • business mentors – contact Sharon Irwin
  • advice clinics
  • business planning guides

Big Ideas Bonanza

Big Bonanza is a unique initiative focused on generating new and growing existing socially innovative ideas. Big Bonanza is open to members of staff, students, recent graduates of the University of Northampton and alumni, who are invited to come forward and submit their ideas on how to tackle social inequalities.

There are three levels of awards available to individuals to develop their social enterprise ideas and access funding and contracts. If you would like to find out more about the Big Bonanza and how you can get involved please contact Sharon Irwin.

Business Start Up Awards

The Enterprise Club has partnered with Santander to launch a new student enterprise programme aimed at helping current students to start their own business. Students are invited to apply for the award which will provide them with business skills, a £500 start up grant and ongoing business advice and mentoring.

Twelve places are available on the programme which will see students attend a series of three business skills workshops giving them the skills to put together a business plan. Students will then have the opportunity to present that business plan to an assembled panel including representatives from Santander.

The Enterprise Club is looking for students with a bright idea for a business and the motivation to succeed. Any students interested are asked to contact The Enterprise Club. The programme starts in early February so immediate applications are welcomed.

Enterprise Club manager Sharon Irwin has commented “we are delighted to be able to offer this business start up grant in partnership with Santander and look forward to working with the successful students to help them turn their business ideas into reality”.