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'Fundamentals' business course

With our Fundamentals programme anyone can start a business. Honestly.

If you’ve got the glimmer of a good idea – even if you don’t know the first thing about business – we’re here to help you bring it to life.

Discover everything you need to know to become the boss of your own successful business. From testing the water with market research, to developing a business plan and applying for funding.

Get real-world business smarts from entrepreneurial experts, in your own time and at your own pace.

We are currently booking our January cohort so secure your place now. You may be eligible for a funded place (meaning no cost to you!).

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'Letter of the Law' business course

This short 8-hour course on small business legal essentials teaches you how to:

  • set up your business as a legal entity
  • ensure it’s legal, compliant, and safe for all involved

After completing this course, you’ll be able to: 

  1. Select the appropriate legal status for your business
  2. Comply with legal requirements of setting up and running a business
  3. Sleep soundly knowing your business is above board and totally LEGIT

You may be eligible for a funded place (meaning no cost to you!) so register your interest now. You can start the course at any time.

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"I loved the really creative way the course was delivered and produced" Helen Stuart, Knitted Up North

Want to be the boss? Which aspiring entrepreneur are you?

Everyone goes into business for their own reasons. Tired of working for someone else? Need more freedom, independence and purpose? Have a hobby that you think you can make money from?

The frustrated 9-5er

You’ve got a job but your heart’s not in it. You dream of being your own boss. But you don’t know how to make it a reality…

The work-life balancer

Always dashing from work to school to home. You want to get off the treadmill and get some balance back. But need some support to make the change…

The redundancy worrier

Your job’s not secure and you want control of your destiny. You know you’ve got the skills to pay the bills. But you’re scared to take the leap…

The happy hobbyist

You’ve got a passion that makes your heart sing. You’d love to get paid for it, maybe even make it your living, but aren’t sure if it would work…

Fundamentals startup business course - funded places available now!

Fundamentals: What’s involved?

Fundamentals is an entry-level business startup course, developed by entrepreneurs for people who want to follow in their footsteps. You’ll learn about:

  • Entrepreneurial traits (and whether you’ve already got them)
  • How to spot and develop a great business idea
  • How to write an amazing business plan
  • Market research and marketing
  • How much it costs to start a business and how you can fund it
  • How to budget and create cash flow forecasts
  • Using social media to promote your startup business

Get the full lowdown

A practical, no-nonsense and jargon-free way to learn everything you need to know to set up and run a successful business.

What you get with Fundamentals

  • Affordable small business courses
  • Practical real-world guidance
  • Taught by entrepreneurial experts
  • Delivered online, in your own time
  • No exams

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What you don't get with Fundamentals!

  • Unrealistic time commitments
  • ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ tuition fees
  • Boring classrooms
  • Abstract academic learning

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