New Enterprise Allowance

The New Enterprise Allowance Phase 2 (NEA2) is a programme part-funded by the European Social Fund. It’s aimed at supporting eligible claimants who wish to start or develop their own business.

To be referred to the NEA2 programme contact your Jobcentre Advisor who will be able to assess your eligibility and make the appropriate referral.

The scheme is available to individuals claiming:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA),
  • Universal Credit (UC),
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • and those receiving Income Support.

Some Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) claimants may also be eligible for the scheme. This includes those who are already self-employed and struggling to reach their minimum income floor (MIF).

Existing self employed

If you already have an existing business and are claiming Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS), you could access the NEA programme and a mentor to assess the chances of increasing your earnings to the level of your Minimum Income Floor (MIF). If approved onto the programme, we will support you with creating a business development growth plan.

Business mentors will be available for up to one year to provide you with advice and assistance.

Visit Gov.UK or email newenterpriseallowance@gateshead.gov.uk for more information.

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