Learn what it takes to be your own boss

Our free course can offer you support in business planning, marketing, finance, legal and much more. No business experience or plan needed, just bring your ideas.

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Is starting my own business right for me?

We've helped hundreds of people across West Yorkshire to decide, with many of them going on to start successful businesses. Before investing time and money into a business idea, sign up to a free course to find out if it's the right career choice for you.

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What to expect

The course is made up of five free informal business workshops to give you all the information you need before going into business. You have the option to complete these over five weeks or you can choose an intensive business course where all five workshops are delivered over one weekend. Alternatively, if you can’t make a course, we’ll send you the topics and learning materials to learn in your own time, at your own pace.

Learn in your own way - supporting those with disabilities

Through Enterprise West Yorkshire, we're proud to have met many people with disabilities who have gone on to start successful businesses. Through this course, we'll help you to overcome barriers, introduce you to like minded people and give tailored advice and support that's specific to your needs. Please speak to us if you have any concerns around accessibility. We will always try to find ways to make the course fit to your needs. 

Workshop 1 - Your decision

  • Group discussion of business ideas
  • Find motivation and build confidence
  • Share ideas with a likeminded group of people

Workshop 2 - Your idea

  • Identify, clarify and articulate your business idea
  • Find the ‘why, how and what’ of your business idea
  • Explore how your idea will offer value to your customers

Workshop 3 - Your support

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges facing a new business
  • Identify the wide range of support available
  • Reframe your idea of ‘failure’ as an opportunity to learn

Workshop 4 - Your first steps

  • Identify the practical steps needed to set up a business
  • Understand legal structures, contracts, insurance and more
  • Get business advice from those who have already set up on their own

Workshop 5 - Your first customers

  • Learn about the importance of the customer journey
  • Think how to attract customers and ensure they return
  • Understand the role of marketing, sales and customer relationship management

Take the first step to setting up your own business

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find the best course for business?

Start by identifying what you hope to achieve with the course. Perhaps you want to learn specific new skills, or you are looking to switch careers or start your own small business. Clarifying your goals will help you narrow down your options.

It’s always a good idea to seek recommendations from people in your network as well as doing some online research to find the best fit for you.

And lastly, check the course content to ensure that it meets your needs and provides the knowledge and skills you are looking to acquire.

How long is a business course?

The length of a business course can vary depending on the level of education, the provider and the specific programme of study. The Exploring Enterprise workshops are held over the course of one day with each of the five workshops being 1-2 hours in length.

What is a business workshop?

A business workshop is a learning event designed to help people acquire new business skills and knowledge. Workshops can be delivered in-person or online and can cover a wide range of topics including business management, business processes and business administration to name a few.

The format can vary but typically it involves a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and interactive exercises. Participants may work individually or it teams to apply the concepts and strategies learned in the workshop to their own business.

What is the best advice for starting a business?

Starting a business can be a daunting task, but with the right guidance and preparation, you can increase your chances of success.

The first step is identifying a need in the market and doing your research to make sure there is a demand for your product or service, and that you can differentiate yourself from the competition.

Make a plan, create a budget and focus on generating revenue as soon as possible. Embrace failure as a learning opportunity and use feedback from customers to improve your offering and make better decisions in the future.

I have a disability, can the course be adapted to fit my needs?

Absolutely! The Explore Enterprise courses have been designed to be accessible to everyone. We can be flexible to suit your needs and offer many ways of learning, from online to in person. You can even take the course material and learn in your own way, in your own time.