Start Your Business | 3-Day Course

This 3-Day course is part of our Rocket Launch Your Business Project part of the Grenfell Community Leadership Programme funded through the Grenfell Recovery Strategy.

You can attend this course for free if you are already registered at this Project (live in RBKC, primarily living in North Kensington and you are a pre-start business). A £20 refundable deposit required to secure your place. The deposit is refundable only on completion of the 3-day course in full. Proof of address is required. Please contact us for the online code: 020 7460 5050 or

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 the legal structure
  • Market 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 Monday 23rd March 2020, and will run on the following days with a 1 hour break for lunch:-

Monday 23rd March 2020, 10am 4pm**:** LAURIE BERNARD CEO of The Business Service Partnership

Tuesday 24th March 2020, 10am – 4pm: CAROLE PYKE Director of Personal Brand Hugs and Stories

Thursday 26th March 2020, 10am 4pm**:** Business Accounts with Sunil Vadukul – Bank Santander, Accounting with Michael Campbell – Numbel Accounts & Tax, Market Research with Nina Risoli -RBKC library and Setting Goals & Growing Your Business with R.A. Williams.

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


  • Normal ticket: £120
  • 25% off for RBKC residents: £90
  • £20 refundable deposit required to secure your place if you are already registered for the Rocket Launch Your Business Project**. The deposit is refundable only on completion of the 3-day course in full.** Proof of address is required. Please contact us for the online code: 020 7460 5050 or


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

To find out more, call 020 7460 5050 or [email](mailto: us.

Refund Policy

Please note – once confirmed, 7 days notice is required for a part-refund or transfer to another course if available. 30 days for a full refund. 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.

The £20 deposit (Rocket Launch Your Business Project) is refundable only on completion of the 3-day course.

The event is finished.


Mar 23 - 26 2020


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Portobello Business Centre.
383 Ladbroke Grove, 6 Canalside House, London, London W10 5AA United Kingdom


  • Carole Pyke
    Carole Pyke
    The Personal Brand Storyteller / PBC Board Member

    Carole lives at the intersection of hugs (hug is an acronym for hearing, understanding, giving back value), words and storytelling. Otherwise known as The Personal Brand Storyteller, Carole is an idea catalyst and marketing strategist with 20+ years in marketing and event management and holds two degrees in marketing.

    She is an accomplished workshop facilitator and has been a senior lecturer at Southbank University on the Chartered Institute of Marketingʼs eMarketing Course.

    Carole is also an inspirational speaker, certified laughter leader and author. She is on a mission, to see people connect more powerfully with their awesomeness so they unlock the value of their personal brands, create greater impact, have more influence and generate more income.

    Carole firmly believes that it only takes a SPARK Story, Passion, Authenticity, Relevance, Know how – to set your personal brand on fire and is always looking for ways to help individuals and businesses find their spark.

    Her approach is simple, straightforward and solution-focused. Combining enthusiasm with creativity and intuition, she has the unique ability to put people at ease and to inspire and empower them to overcome their obstacles and challenges to achieve greater success.

    Famous for hugging Nelson Mandela, people who connect with her are inspired by her words and profound insight and cannot help being motivated to “raise ther bar”, take control of their lives, and achieve new levels of performance and success.

  • Laurie Bernard
    Laurie Bernard

    A business growth specialist, Laurie has been working with the PBC for over 20 years delivering business training, consultancy, advice, and mentoring. He specialises in marketing and general common-sense business advice and he has been described as dynamic, motivational, inspirational, and knowledgeable.