Rocket Launch Your Business Project – Round 2

In by Sheela Sharma


Portobello Business Centre have designed bespoke online training courses over 6-day periods covering the most popular topics requested by residents during the 1st round of the Rocket Launch Your Business Project (2019 – 2020).

The Rocket Launch Your Business Project – Round 2 is part of the Community Leadership Programme funded by RBKC. Participants have to fulfil the requirements below:

  1. RBKC residents who have recently started or are yet to start up their own business or Community Interest Company (CIC)*
  2. They were not part of the Rocket Launch Your Business Project in 2019.

*We may accept up to 5 existing businesses each time based on their current situation on how they need to develop and improve. Businesses will need to complete a form before accepted by our team.

PBC will organise 5 courses between June 2020 and March 2021 that RBKC residents can register for and attend in full. Participants will be able to improve their business, presentation, digital, and financial skills, as well as build their confidence to be ready to start their own business. Experienced lecturers / professionals will cover a range of topics, including how to create a website, social media marketing, branding, and pricing.

Each participant will also be able to access one-to-one online appointments with a qualified business advisor to further develop their idea, as well as attend Q&A sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses will be delivered online via ZOOM (2-hour sessions, 6 mornings and afternoons over 2 weeks) with a short break every 50 minutes.  The majority of sessions will be delivered as ‘webinars’ which means neither your image nor your name will be visible to other attendees. This will enable us to record the sessions, so if you miss one you can catch-up at a more convenient time (using a link that we will forward to you via email). 

To join the courses you will need access to the Internet, a tablet, computer, or a smartphone. You will get a chance to meet other participants at our ‘get-to-know-each-other’ networking sessions, please note these will not be recorded.  If you are new to using ZOOM and want some support please let us know and we will arrange a session to help you navigate the platform.

See the programme of each 6-day course below

The 1st course ended on 9th July 2020, the 2nd course ended on 25th September 2020, and the 3rd on 3rd December 2020. In addition to these three courses, we have scheduled two more courses between January and March 2021.

January 2021

Tuesday 19th January 2021

  • 9:30 am – 10:00am: Get-to-know-each-other meeting (1/2 hour)
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Create your own effective brand story about your business. Tips for your brand story and crisis management (Carole Pyke)

Wednesday 20th January 2021

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: What is branding and how to choose the best for your business (logo, tagline, colours) (Carole Pyke)
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm How to cost and price your service or product, understand cashflow (Maria Stammers)
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Payment systems & the most popular online payment platforms (Zeeshan Masood)

Thursday 21st January 2021

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Ways to make your business visible and get potential clients (this could include free online tools like Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Google My Business, Survey Monkey) (Julian Holden)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: The power of social media and which is the best channel for your type of business (Julian Holden)

Tuesday 26th January 2021

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: How to create an effective presentation – presenting your business idea to potential sponsors or investors (Carole Pyke)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Tips to make your website rank on the first page of Google (SEO) (Mike Loomey)

Wednesday 27th January 2021

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: How to create a WordPress website and link it with your social media channels (Julian Holden)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: How to create a WordPress website and link it with your social media channels (Julian Holden)

Thursday 28th January 2021

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: How to create a WordPress website and link it with your social media channels (Julian Holden)
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm: Networking meeting (½ hour)

If you would like to discuss the programme before you register, please contact Marianna at

To register please complete the online registration form by clicking the button below:

Due to demand, places will be offered on a strict first-come, first-served basis. While we do our best to accommodate all interested residents, a response from you does not guarantee that a place is confirmed.