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Project Increase VS

Stop thinking, start creating

Do you have an idea and passion that you want to turn into a business?

Are you currently self-employed or running a business and need to update your knowledge about running your business?

Radian invite you to ‘stop thinking, start creating’ with our new self-employment course 'Create'.


Become self employed

We have secured European funding to offer FREE self employment courses and additional support to people living in six key areas over the next three years:

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

The project is being delivered by Radian’s award winning Employment, Support and Training (EST) team, who specialise in supporting residents into employment and training and have successfully supported over 100 business start ups.

Learn step by step how best to start, what to consider and plan for, as well as addressing all the necessary legalities so that you can have the best possible start with the right tools and information. With our team of experts, we will support you during our course with FREE 1:1 mentoring, specialised workshops and an online helpdesk. All we ask is for your commitment, passion and drive!

The 10 week ‘CREATE’ course is the start of your entrepreneurial journey! 


Stage 1- Introduction (1 day Seminar/workshop)

Have YOUR self employment questions answered.

Stage 2 - Full Course

Group workshops, 1:1 mentoring, home study and market research will cover the following:

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


Stage 3 - Post course support (up to 2 years)

Our free post-course support includes:

  • Business Support Clubs — local, 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 at Radian marketplace events
  • 1:1 business mentoring with our team of experts
  • Entry and profile on Radian EST online business directory



Click here for our upcoming Create course dates and other events!


For more information, or to find out how you can enrol and start CREATING, contact the EST team on 023 9259 5158 (option 1) or email


Project Increase VS

Increase Valorisation Sociale is an innovative, three-year long programme which aims to:

  • Bring 4,000 unemployed people through entrepreneurship training
  • Create inclusive opportunities for 3,200 people
  • Start 1,200 new businesses across the north of France and south of England

A generous grant of £470,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been awarded to us here at Radian and we have contributed an additional £270,000 to deliver the project to a wider group of our residents.

Increase VS is the product of a partnership between ten housing associations and training providers across the south east of England and the north of France, with a total of £5.9 million in funding coming from the ERDF. The University of East Anglia will provide an academic evaluation of the programme, which will enable us to share reports and best practices for all involved in the entrepreneurship field.

Increase VS launched in April 2018 and runs until September 2020, offering a 6 step training and support programme for economically excluded people in our neighbourhoods. Radian’s training programme has been written by an external professional to offer participants a high quality, ten week self-employment course. This is followed by up to two years support, including business mentoring, support clubs and markets to sell their goods at.