Self-employment support – Create

Create self-employment course self-employed how to start your own business help and advice

Stop thinking, start creating…

Starting your own business (or working for yourself) is an exciting adventure and the Employment Support and Training Team are here to help you every step of the way with our comprehensive self-employment training ‘Create’.  We start by listening to your ideas and using our experience to advise you of the best ways forward.  If your idea is ready to transform into a business we’ll invite you to attend our full course (which is over a 10 week period), providing you with essential information and access to a team of experts and online helpdesk.  All graduates from the course can then go on to enjoy a variety of post course support that will ensure your business gets the best possible start!  This unique and exciting training is possible thanks to a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which along with significant funding from Radian is financing a project called Increase Valorisation Sociale.


About the course

‘Create’ is a self-employment training programme that has three stages.  All interested participants are invited to session 1 which also acts as an information seminar prior to selected participants being invited onto the full course.


Stage one – One day Information Seminar

A chance for participants to meet the team, learn more about Radian and the Create course and have your self-employment questions answered


Stage two – Sessions 2-5

Our full course comprises group workshops, one to one mentoring, home study and market research and is designed to provide you with everything from initial research to formulating a business plan. Topics covered include:

  • Financial forecasting
  • Taxation
  • Insurances
  • Legal issues
  • Working tax credits/benefits
  • Marketing & branding
  • Production & supply
  • Research
  • Management
  • Creating an effective business model
  • Business Presentation


Alternative Stage two – Short course (2 days)

Free 2 day course offering self-employment advice and Support for contractors

  • Is contracting right for me?
  • Researching your market; Is there a demand? What rate/s can you charge?
  • Choosing the right legal structure.
  • Financial forecasts; does your likely income allow for holidays and sick leave
  • Insurances and banking
  • Processes and paperwork

Stage three – Post Course Support (Up to 2 years)

All graduates from either course can then go on to enjoy up to two years of free post course support, including;

  • Business Support Clubs — regular meet ups to provide motivation, peer support, practical advice and occasional guest speakers
  • Additional training / workshops applicable to you and your business growth
  • Stalls to sell or promote your product or service at Radian marketplace events
  • 1:1 business mentoring with our team of experts


Take a look at case studies from some of our Create Graduates

Course Locations

The Employment Support and Training Team deliver self employment in the following geographical areas:

  • East Hampshire
  • Portsmouth and Gosport
  • Southampton
  • Eastleigh and Mansbridge
  • Salisbury and Test Valley
  • Basingstoke

For more information please call the EST team on 023 9259 5158 or email

Upcoming courses

Dates: Starting Monday 20 April 2020 followed by four sessions on 4, 19 May, 23 June and 6 July.
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
Location: Clanfield Sports and Community Centre, Endal Way, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 0YF

For more information and to book yourself a free place, please visit our Eventbrite booking page.

Dates: Starting Tuesday 21st April and Tuesday 28th April 2020 (2 Day Course)
Times: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Entrain Space Wilton, Buckeridge Road, Wilton, SP2 0FX

For more information and to book yourself a free place, please visit our Eventbrite booking page.

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