The NEA scheme and the Start Up Loans Programme are mutually exclusive packages of support offered by government to help people set themselves up in their own business.
The NEA scheme is a programme under the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide individuals on certain benefits in England, Wales and Scotland with support in preparing to start their own business. At the end of the programme, individuals will receive an NEA weekly allowance and the opportunity to apply for a Start Up Loan. While the Start Up Loans Company manages the delivery of loans referred through the NEA scheme, DWP oversees the mentoring and support function.
Individuals interested in joining the NEA scheme must go through DWP by applying to their local Jobcentre Plus. Further information on how to apply for the NEA scheme can be found on the DWP website
or through your local Jobcentre Plus office.
Please note that if you approach Start Up Loans directly without first going onto the NEA scheme, you will not be eligible for the NEA weekly allowance.