The Cube: training and e-learning for budding entrepreneurs

We've compiled a list of resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey

 

We've compiled a list of resources to help you take the first steps towards building your venture with confidence. The resources listed are from trusted sources we know and recommend.

Develop your skills with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The LinkedIn Learning video library features engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognised industry experts.

LinkedIn Learning is available to all University of Plymouth staff and students, please see our dedicated LinkedIn Learning pages for more information.

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise is a collaborative support project supporting women either side of the English Channel to increase their business knowledge and personal skills to start and grow a successful business. The programme is developed specifically for women and offers workshops on a variety of both business and personal development topics. As part of the programme in addition to the workshops, participants can access to 1:1 appointments and have the option to benefit from our mentoring scheme.

The programme is aimed at both pre-start clients who want to find out more and build confidence around setting up their own business, to those who are early on in their business journey and are looking for some support around specific areas.

To find out about our upcoming sessions and book on please visit our eventbrite page. For more project information visit www.acceleratingwomensenterprise.uk or email info@acceleratingwomensenterprise.uk

Exploring entrepreneurship

Information resources 

  • Self-Employment: A series of 'bite-sized' videos on self-employment are available on the HMRC's YouTube channel.
  • Setting up your company : Gov.uk Working For Yourself talks you through the different options for setting yourself up as a sole trader or limited company, and what you need to know.
  • National Insurance and Tax: The Ready Reckoner calculator tool is available on Gov.uk's website to work out how much money you need to set aside for National Insurance /Tax.
  • Launch and Grow your Business: The British Library run a series of workshop packages on everything you need to know to help you start, launch and grow your business.
  • Articles: Startups is an invaluable resource for up to date articles on entrepreneurship hot topics and news. It also contains 62 detailed guides on how to start a business in popular industries.

Business plan templates

Marketing and branding

Legal and accountancy

  • Company information: Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.
  • Accountancy: Getting an accountant to help with the accounting, tax and finance issues should be able to save a start-up business more time and money than the cost of the accountancy fees. 

Intellectual property (IP)

Social enterprise

Becoming a freelancer/contractor during or after university

  • How to become a freelancer: CareerLancer offers advice on how to become a freelancer in a range of areas such as music production, journalism, IT programming, web development, engineering and manufacturing, graphic design and multimedia, and many more.
  • How to become a contractor: Contractor UK is an IT contractor community with advice and information about starting out as a contractor.
  • Opportunities: for other opportunities to develop your employability and explore careers and placements with established companies, visit the University of Plymouth Careers Service.

Small Business Toolkit

To support these exciting ventures, and those other new and small businesses who have ambitions to grow, Devon & Plymouth Chamber have created this electronic booklet comprising a whole range of advice and guidance.

 

The Cube business creation and growth service

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