Business Startup Course

This course is part of the Paving The Way project funded by NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund. You can attend this course for free if you live in North Kensington (W10 & W11) and you are a pre-start business. A £20 refundable deposit required to secure your place. Please contact us for details: 020 7460 5050 or

Early Bird Tickets Available - 10% OFF with the digital code BEPMAY10

If you are thinking of starting your own business, this is the perfect introduction to business fundamentals and financial planning. The course will give you the tools you need before you start to trade.

The course addresses the following questions:

  • do I have a viable business idea?
  • do you want to start your own start-up?
  • do you need business advice?
  • which legal structure is best for me?
  • how much working capital will I need?
  • what about all the taxes involved?
  • how can I create my own business plan?

The course will cover the following:-

  • Your skills & the business plan
  • Types of legal structure
  • Marketing research
  • Marketing strategy
  • Financial planning
  • Business planning
  • Guest speakers/entrepreneurs
  • Motivation
  • Sources of finance for your business

The next 3-day Business Start Up Course will be commencing on Tuesday 8th May 2018, and will run on the following days with a 1 hour break for lunch:-

Tuesday 8th May 2018, 10am – 4pm: LAURIE BERNARD CEO of The Business Service Partnership

Monday 14th May 2018, 10am – 4pm: CAROLE PYKE Director of Personal Brand Hugs and Stories

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10am – 4pm: HSBC Bank, Your Credit Union, RBKC Libraries

To be held at: PORTOBELLO BUSINESS CENTRE 6 Canalside House 383 Ladbroke Grove London W10 5AA

Early Bird Tickets available 10% OFF with the code BEPMAY10. COST OF COURSE £120. You may be eligible for a discount if you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (proof of address will be required).  IF YOU LIVE IN RBKC, PLEASE CONTACT JENNI BEFORE BOOKING TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT CODE.  

Due to demand, places will be offered on a strictly first come, first served basis.  PAYMENT SECURES YOUR PLACE.

If you have any queries, please contact

To find out more, call 020 7460 5050 or email us.

Book online here.


Refund Policy

Please note – once confirmed, 7 days notice is required for a part-refund or transfer to another course if available.  No refunds, transfers or date changes will be made within 7 days of the course start date.  A £5 admin fee has been charged and is non-refundable.