Self-employment support

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 10 week course, 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 must attend an information seminar prior to selected participants being invited onto the full 10 week full course.

 

Stage one – One day Information Seminar

Have YOUR self-employment questions answered

 

Stage two – Full course (1 day per week over 10 weeks)

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

 

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

All graduates from the 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


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 estsupport@radian.co.uk

 

Upcoming courses

Southampton (March – May)

Dates: Starting Thursday 14 March followed by four sessions on 4, 25 April and 16, 23 May
Times: 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Dolphin Hotel, 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN

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

 

Southampton (May – July)

Dates: Starting Thursday 1 May followed by four sessions on 15, 22 May and 5, 26 June
Times: 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Dolphin Hotel, 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN

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

 

Dates: Starting Thursday 6 June followed by four sessions on 27 June, 4, 9 and 17 July
Times: 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Dolphin Hotel, 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN

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

 

Gosport (May – July)

Dates: Starting Tuesday 7 May followed by four sessions on 20, 27 May, 25 June, 9 July
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
Location: Gosport Voluntary Action, Martin Snape House, 96 Pavilion Way, Gosport, PO12 1FG

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

 

Bordon (May – July)

Dates: Starting Thursday 9 May followed by four sessions on 23, 30 May, 27 June, 11 July
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
Location: Chieftain House, Room 4, Challenger Place, Quebec Park, Bordon, GU35 0FP

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

 

Portsmouth (September – November)

Dates: Starting Tuesday 10 September followed by four sessions on 24 September, 1, 29 October and 5 November
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
Location: Pompey in the Community (as part of Portsmouth FC), Anson Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO4 8TB

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

 

Petersfield (September – November)

Dates: Starting Wednesday 11 September followed by four sessions on 25 September, 2, 30 October and 6 November
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
Location: Petersfield Library, 27 The Square, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 3HH

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

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