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Our Business Start-up Course is back!

26 January 2017

Thanks to the success of our business start-up course last year, we're running another one in May! This is a fantastic opportunity for budding entrepreneurs, and we are now accepting applications.

For the last two years we have given 25 local residents the opportunity to come on a 12 day workshop to learn how to set up their own business. They have both been a resounding success and as a result a number of them are well on their way to establishing successful local businesses...


The course will give you all the skills and knowledge to turn your business idea into a reality. You’ll learn:

  • How to research the market

  • How to raise the finances to get started

  • Who to ask for help

  • How to write a business plan

  • How to manage the risks

  • What to do about sales and marketing

  • How to identify and overcome the barriers that prevent a business starting up

The course is free of charge to anyone who lives locally, although priority will be given to anyone who lives in a one of our homes. The course will take place over 12 weeks, with a different workshop each week covering how to set up your own successful business.

At the end of the 12 workshops you will then have an opportunity to pitch your business idea to our esteemed panel of judges. If successful, you will receive funding to help you get your business up and running! We have set aside a pot of £6,000 to award to the businesses with the most potential. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity – sign up now!

If you want to know more come along to our taster session here at our offices between 10am and 12pm on Tuesday 25th April or apply by filling in the application form here: Business Course Application Form 2017 and email it to Volunteering@redkitehousing.org.uk.

Here is what Amber Preen one of our recent graduates thought of the course...

 “Attending the business start-up course has enabled me to have the knowledge and confidence to go forward and set up my own social enterprise. Without the opportunity to talk to and learn from specialists in business start-ups, I wouldn’t have been equipped with the right information and would have been hesitant to take a leap into business. The most useful elements of the course for me, were finding out about the different company structures, book-keeping and the information about HMRC. Mama Bee was lucky enough to be awarded a business start-up grant. This grant has been key in the smooth set up of Mama Bee and has enabled us to deliver work much sooner than anticipated, and enabled my business to already have its first commissioned report”


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