Business LaunchPad provides a full business start‑up programme for young entrepreneurs.
All of our services are provided free of charge.
Our support includes:
- Business Awareness Seminars
- One – to – one business counselling
- Masterclasses in finance, social media and marketing
- Low cost business premises
Our business support model offers a person –centred approach combining both business and therapeutic counselling, which addresses personal circumstance, age and social environment. It enables, motivates, inspires and encourages young people to realise and reach their potential. Clients who decide that self-employment is not the route for them walk away better informed and with transferable skills to create access into further education, training or employment.
Business Awareness Seminar
The first step on our programme is to attend a half-day Business Awareness Seminar. Together, in a relaxed and informal environment, we will explore the realities of creating a successful business and what support Business Launchpad can offer.
Following the Business Awareness Seminar, if you decide that you would like to develop your business idea further, you can book onto a pre -start business counselling session.
In this initial session we will work with you to assess your business idea and then allocate you to one of our business counsellors who will then support you to get your business up and running.
We continue to offer two years of counselling support after you have started your business. It is during its first two years of operation that any new company is at its most vulnerable and our support is available to the young person during this two year period.
One of our clients, Zenovia Grant started a Community Interest Company in 2014 called Rhetoric E.A and she came to Business Launchpad because she needed support to grow her business. She now has a team behind her and has 2 other employees, she said:
“Business Launchpad gave us the advice and tools and pointed us in the right direction. They offered us a strong support system. We had somewhere to go when we needed help. They have also helped me gain more confidence in my ideas and plans. They have prepared me for all aspects of my business through their training courses and they have enabled me to meet other amazing entrepreneurs and hear their stories.”
For more information about our free business support visit:www.businesslaunchpad.org.uk or call 0208 516 7700