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Business Start-up course 2017

Zanna shares her business experience

Since 2015, Red Kite has given over 50 local residents the opportunity to come on a free course 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 businesses.

In 2017 Zanna Maison graduated from our 12 week Business Start Up workshop run by Enterprise Cube, and has since started her luxury mobile massage business Neroli and Co. Since graduating a year ago, Zanna’s business is growing steadily and is going from strength to strength. Speaking with Zanna recently, she shared her experience of the course and how to tackle the fear factor of starting your own business

"The course helped give me direction and stay focused and motivated, I always had a vision of what I wanted to achieve, but the course helped me direct and focus those thoughts towards achievable goals."

Naturally there will always be nerves when going into a new venture, Zanna advised: "There will always be set backs and reasons not to do it, but if you have a vision and a strong mindset you will make it happen. There will be times where motivation is low and you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall, but the course offered lots of additional support after graduation so I could always ask questions, and also a chance to network with others who were in the same boat as me, so I never felt alone in it"

When talking with Zanna it is clear the road to starting Neroli and Co. has not been an easy one, but the passion and drive she has for starting her luxury massage business has helped her to remain focused.

"There was always a fear that my business wouldn’t be perceived the way I wanted it to, and it was important for me to create a professional service with a personal touch. I did lots of odd jobs wherever I could to pay for my advertising and photoshoots and offered lots of free events in order to build my client base. Starting your own business is always going to be a journey, but it has all been worth it."

Neroli and Co has now gained a great reputation in the Buckinghamshire area, offering luxury mobile massage. Business has been growing progressively for Zanna and her team and we can’t wait to keep watching her business thrive. If you would like more information on Neroli and Co please visit the webite  or call 0330 122 4994 (8am-11pm daily), you can also email Zanna.

In 2018, Red Kite are took a new approach to our business start-up course, by working with a new organisation Pop Up Business School to deliver an opportunity to those in the local area who want to learn how to make money doing what they love! Look out for more information about upcoming Business Start Up Courses.

Business Start-up graduation

Another year, another group of amazing graduates! On Tuesday 25th July, our 22 Business Start-up students celebrated their graduation at our annual Dragon’s Den event. After 12 weeks of hard work, all of the graduates had the chance to pitch to our three dragons for a share of the £6,000 prize money. This year we welcomed back last year’s knowledgeable ‘Dragons’ including our own Chairman Jennie Ferrigno and Chief Executive Officer of Manor Estates Andrew James. We also welcomed Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, Philippa Batting, who brought a lot of great new advice and community links to help the graduates along in setting up their enterprises.

It was great to see all the new community initiatives and local enterprises being set up and it really emphasises just how valuable this course is. We are really looking forward to seeing our graduates' businesses thrive in the next few months. Congratulations to our graduates!

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