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 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 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

Dates: Starting Thursday 27 June followed by four sessions on 11, 24 July and 1, 29 August
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.

Dates: Starting Wednesday 3 July followed by one session on Tuesday 9 July (NEW 2 day format)
Times: 9.30am – 4pm
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 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.

Dates: Starting Wednesday 11 September followed by four sessions on, 2, 9 October and 6, 13 November
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
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 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.

Dates: Starting Thursday 12 September followed by four sessions on, 3, 10 October and 7, 14 November
Times: 9.45am – 4pm
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 Wednesday 18 September followed by four sessions on 16 October, 20 November, 4, 11 December
Times: 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Learning Centre, The Cableworks, 14 Annealing Close, Eastleigh, SO50 9QH

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

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