Training to help you get started in business

Starting your own business is an exciting time—but it’s also a time when you need as much help, information and training as you can get. The good news is that there’s lots around, and much of it is free! Here are some good places to begin looking for enterprise training:

Business Link Yorkshire

Business Link Yorkshire offers a range of events, workshops and seminars to help you get started in business, including:

  • Business Awareness
  • Business Ideas Workshop
  • Business Planning Workshop
  • Exploring Self Employment
  • Women’s Business Awareness.

Enterprise Shows

The Enterprise Shows take place over four weekends in four locations across Yorkshire & Humber. They provide the chance to get professional support on both starting and developing a business, all under one roof, and all in one day, including information on:

  • Business planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Attracting finance
  • Tax
  • Legal requirements
  • Patents.

Almost 4,000 potential entrepreneurs came to the four Enterprise Shows in 2008, and over 30% of attendees go on to start up their own businesses within 6 months!

Women in South Yorkshire

Visit South Yorkshire Women Online’s webpages about starting your own business—among other things, there’s free business coaching and free mentoring support. The site also has links to other useful organisations aimed at women entrepreneurs.

West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency

View their training calendar.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HMRC’s Starting in business  pages provide advice on things like whether to register as self-employed, and about VAT and National Insurance. They also host a national programme of Business Advice Open Days, where you can find out about your legal obligations, learn about recent developments, and get free help and advice.

Still in education?

We fund a variety of initiatives designed to encourage young people who are in, or about to leave, education: visit our young people & enterprise page and our enterprise within universities page. Also, don’t forget to check with your school, college or university careers office to see what information and support they can provide. Some have lots to offer: for example, Leeds Metropolitan University runs an organisation called Business Start-up for its students and graduates.