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Enterprise Skills Programme

The Enterprise Skills programme is for students or graduates who are interested in business, or are considering starting their own business or working for themselves.  It is also useful for students or graduates who want to improve their enterprise skills. 

Participants work on business plans and hear from local business leaders as well as experts such as solicitors, accountants and marketing to help them with their ideas and with information they need to consider when starting a business.


The programme has been running since 2018 and has supported many students.

Here is an example of the programme:

Session 1

Introductions to the programme
Details of the sessions
What's your idea? Developing business plans

Session 2

Legal issues you need to think about when starting a company, different business models
Q&A session

Session 3

Financial considerations and tax implications of becoming a sole trader or limited company
Q&A session

Session 4

Speaker session
Local business leader talking about setting up businesses and highs and lows along the way. What do you need to think about when setting up a business
Q&A session

Session 5

Business planning session

  • What is your idea?
  • Who are your customers?
  • SWOT analysis
  • Setting goals/milestones

Session 6

Looking at individual business plans
3-rings of customer service
Have a rough draft of your business plan to go through and discuss with the group

Session 7

What is marketing?
Persona based marketing
Setting marketing goals (SMART)
Q&A session

Session 8

Present your business plan/ideas to a panel of business leaders


Apply for the programme 


Comment from a previous student:

" The Enterprise Skills programme gave me a great insight into what was needed to start a business including getting real advice on how I could advance my wedding planning business and get it off the ground from real professional that have been in the same position, I hope to have BH Weddings off the ground in the next five years and i could not have had the confidence for this without this programme" 


Case studies - watch this space


For further information please contact Amy Carpenter