13th February 2003




Start-up and small businesses are to get a helping hand from tomorrow (Friday) when Lincoln MP Gillian Merron will launch a new package of support for entrepreneurs and small firms.


The package is to be provided by the chartered accountants Streets and the solicitors Sills & Betteridge and will be launched at Sparkhouse Studios, the newly opened media incubator centre at the University of Lincoln.


Ms Merron will be given a tour of the new facility at 11.30am on Friday before launching the new package of business support at 12.30pm.


“For those deciding to start a new venture or running a small business, the process can be lonely and challenging,” said a spokesman for Streets. “Research we have undertaken confirms that businesses are unclear who to turn to for advice.  Both at start-up and during the early years, businesses feel that they need practical guidance on a range of accountancy and legal matters.”


Streets and Sills and Betteridge have developed a dedicated package of business support tailored to the small business sector which is designed to help businesses through the complexities and anxieties of start-up and early years.


It will be delivered by specialist teams which are well versed in the sector and which will provide advice and ongoing support on a host of issues. 


“It is highly appropriate that we are launching our start-up and small business service at the University of Lincoln as we have been working closely with the university and the new start-ups located in its new media incubator centre,” the spokesman added.


Andrew Stevenson, manager of Sparkhouse Studios, commented: “The university welcomes the launch of this new package of support developed between Streets and Sills & Betteridge.


“The university is working hard to ensure that the businesses located within the centre have access to the best possible business advice, allowing them to develop new and innovative products and services to their full potential.


The £630,000 media incubator centre opened in April 2002 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources, mentoring and premises to set up and run their own innovative businesses. When both phases of the development are complete the centre will provide 18 media incubation units and associated office space.


Further details of the Streets and Sills and Betteridge Start-up and Small Business service can be obtained by visiting


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or James Pinchbeck, Streets (tel: 01522 551200             email jamesp@streetsandco.co.uk

or visit www.streetsweb.co.uk