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Strive for success

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The council’s employment and learning advice service has helped residents looking to start their own business through ‘Strive Further’ – a small business start up course providing all the skills and information needed.

Participants benefited from the advice and experience of a team of business professionals, with expert guidance, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

The course culminated in a Dragon’s Den style finale, giving participants the opportunity to pitch their business. Each person presented their business model and business plan and received feedback from the ‘dragons’.

The course covered topics such as fundraising, conducting research, marketing, sales, financial planning and website and social media development.

Twenty three people received training and 17 completed the project, with 16 participating in the dragon’s den event.

Sixty three per cent of respondents to a follow up survey said Strive had ‘very much’ changed their life. The remaining 37 per cent said it had changed their life ‘quite a lot’.

Across the board, participants reported greater confidence and knowledge at the end of the course.

The 12 week course ran from April – July and was facilitated by Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Housing, Housing Solutions, and Enterprise Cube, a social enterprise whose vision is ‘creating and unlocking business for everyone’.

Further business start up courses are planned. For details, please email ela@slough.gov.uk or call 01753 476611.

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