Over 50 and want to explore being your own boss? Want to be self employed?

We can offer 

a one-day workshop covering the basics of becoming self employed

One to one business mentoring, supporting you through the process

Drop in advice and networking sessions

Take a look around these pages to find out more.

Over 50 and want to explore being your own boss? Want to be self employed?

We can offer:  a one-day workshop covering the basics of becoming self employed; one to one business mentoring, supporting you through the process and drop in advice and networking sessions.
Take a look around these pages to find out more.

Olderpreneurs

The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is supporting older people on the Island by providing help and advice on starting a business or being self-employed. 

The Chamber is hosting monthly workshops and providing ongoing mentoring as part of the Age Friendly Island campaign, an exciting partnership funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund, making the Island a great place to grow old, while tackling social isolation.

The workshops are followed up with 1 to 1 mentoring every month until the business starts, followed by regular support for the next three years. Mentoring is very informal and can include home visits or chats over cups of coffee, in a relaxed environment. There are also regular drop in sessions at the Chamber, bringing together start-up businesses.





Latest news stories

Inspirational winning night for Martin and the Over 50s StartMeUp programme
08/12/2017

Martin Timbers is celebrating winning a Highly Commended award at the prestigious 2017 Business Awards For Excellence. Martin runs Isle of Wight Design and Print and his business was nominated twice. He was shortlisted for the Marketing and Design award as well as the Start Up category, for which Martin was awarded a Highly Commended. It’s a great success for Martin, as well as the Over 50s Start Me Up group, which is part of the Age Friendly Island project and is funded by the Big Lottery.

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How 50 plus Islanders are learning to be their own boss
30/05/2017

The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is supporting older people on the Island by providing help and advice on starting a business or being self-employed. Since 2015 The Chamber has been hosting monthly workshops and providing ongoing mentoring as part of the Age Friendly Island campaign, an exciting partnership funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund, making the Island a great place to grow old, while tackling social isolation.

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Mentoring for the Over 50s
27/03/2017

Since the project started a year ago, the Chamber’s Over 50s business mentors have engaged with more than 50 people aged over 50 who are looking to go into business and be their own boss. Business advisors Fiona Grist and Lynda Draper are often helping older people who have been made redundant or who are at the early stages of retirement.

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Start a business

Age can be an asset for entrepreneurs. There is a false myth out there that to start a business you need to be young and geeky, work from the garage and end up creating companies that go on to become the new Apple or Hewlett Packard.

Current courses

Have a business idea and want to take it to the next step? Want support to complete your business or marketing plans? Ready to start your business but want to ensure you've done everything necessary to get off on the right foot?