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Start your own business

If you are aged 19 or older and have a business idea, want to work for yourself or have recently started trading, our new FREE short course ‘Start Your Own Business’ could help you to get the skills and tools you need to start and grow.

In a series of live, interactive webinars, delivered by start-up specialists Visionnaires, you will learn about marketing and finance, build your business plan and deliver a sales pitch and build the resources you need to develop your business. And you will receive one-to-one feedback

The step-by step programme will support you as you develop your business with one-to-one feedback and support built in.

The next online course starts on Thursday 23 June 2022, apply today!


Information session
If you would like to learn more about the programme before applying, join our online information session on Thursday 9 June, 3pm – 4pm. Book your place here.

Visit to read more about some of the businesses that have been helped on this programme.

All courses are subject to availability, eligibility and accessibility needs. You will not be guaranteed a place on a course until you have fully enrolled and received your Learning Agreement. 

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