Business Start up course
Since 2015 we have given over 50 local residents the opportunity to come on a 12 day workshop to learn how to set up their own business. Our workshops have been a resounding success and as a result a number of our graduates are well on their way to establishing successful local businesses...
The course is a fantastic opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and will give you all the skills and knowledge to turn your business idea into a reality. For example, 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 one of our homes. The course takes 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 set aside a pot of £6,000 to award to the businesses with the most potential so it's an amazing opportunity not to be missed!
If you want to know more about the course, email Volunteering@redkitehousing.org.uk or call 01494 476294.
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.”