Start Up: Entrepreneurship and Business Development Course 22 – 23

As part of the Festival of African and Caribbean Entrepreneurship, we are excited to announce an important initiative to support people in North Kensington develop their entrepreneurial skills. This course will encourage our community of entrepreneurs to feel supported and prepared to take the next step with their business.     

Course dates:

Thursday 6th October 2022 – Thursday 2nd  February 2023 

Course times:

Weekly, Thursdays 6pm to 9pm (finishes at 8pm every other week)  

Course fee:

£60 for the course, free for those claiming benefits (a £40 refundable deposit will return on &5 attendance of the full course) 

Fees and deposits should be paid in advance to secure your place.  Please visit reception at Westway Trust, 1 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL is open from 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

All applicants must either live, or have their business, in North Kensington.  Those applying for a free place on the course must: 

  • Universal credit or Income Support  
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)  
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)  
  • Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)   
  • Disability Living Allowance  
  • Pension Credit  
  • Carers allowance  
  • Child tax credits  
  • Working tax credits  
  • Housing Benefit   
  • Council Tax Support 

 

Please read details below of this course, if you have any questions regarding this course please contact nick.doran@westway.org 

Course outline

Induction

  • Thursday 6 October 2022, 6-9pm
  • Festival of African and Caribbean Entrepreneurship and Westway Trust
    • Wider Social and Local Context
    • Policy and Business Context

Unit 1 – Vision and Mission

Thursday 13 October 2022, 6-9pm 

    • Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Developing Talent
    • Envisioning Skills & realising your potential
    • Business Models / Org Models and Behaviours

 

Thursday 20 October 2022, 6-8pm

A follow-up session to Unit 1 where participants will reflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

Unit 2 – Money & the dynamics of business

Thursday 27 October, 6-9pm

    • Budgeting
    • Cash-flow
    • Funding and Investment
    • Intellectual Property
    • Thinking about your Business Plan / Framework

 

Thursday 3 November 2022, 6-8pm

A follow-up session to Unit 2 where participants will reflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

Unit 3 – Branding and marketing

Thursday 10 November 2022, 6-9pm

    • Creating an impactful visual brand
    • Merchandising workshops for pod/stall users
    • Online presence
    • Purposeful Networking

 

Thursday 17 November 2022, 6-8pm

A follow-up session to Unit 1 where participants will reflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

Unit 4 -Be your business

Thursday 24 November, 6-9pm

    • Values that will drive your business
    • Personal skills – confidence, resilience, motivation and integrity
    • Presentation skills
    • Equality, diversity and inclusivity
    • Positive behaviours in business – Team-working
    • Social value and community impact

 

Thursday 1st December 2022, 6-8pm

Reflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

A Review of Units 1 to 4 

Thursday 8th December, 6-9pm 

    • Recap all the units taught  
    • Review of course impact to entrepreneurs’ businesses and themselves, as an entrepreneur  

 

      Break for Christmas

      Unit 5 – Technology

      Thursday 12th January 2023, 6-9pm 

        • E-commerce
        • GDPR

       

      Thursday 19th January 2023, 6-8pm  

      A follow-up session to Unit 5 where participants will reflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

      Unit 6 – Putting it into practice

      Thursday 26th January 2023, 6-9pm 

        • Assessing Opportunities and Risk
        • Risk mitigation, flexing to meet opportunities and problem solving
        • Measuring Success
        • Project planning
        • Portfolio writing

       

      Thursday 2nd February 2023, 6-8pm

      A follow-up session to Unit 6 where participants will Rreflect, discuss and develop the impact to your business. 

      Course Review and Celebration Awards 

      Thursday 9th February 2023,

      Time and venue to be confirmed