‘Start a Business’ support from HBV Enterprise
"I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this course" - Mr AB
Living in the London Borough of Hackney? Interested in the idea of starting a business here? Then our professional, confidential 4-step business start-up service, which has been running since 1984, is what you need.
Step 1: REGISTER - Call in to HBV Enterprise Centre and Register
Before you access our support, you must come in to our Centre and register in person. This means fully completing our registration form. Most people can do this in less than 15 minutes. Unfortunately, this form can't be taken away, so please make sure have enough time to complete the form when you visit us.
Registration for “Start a Business” is FREE if you live in the London Borough of Hackney. Free space and support for some elements of this service may be limited for people living outside Hackney.
Step 2: LEARN - Book your place on a one day Workshop to find out what's involved in running a business
We’ve won a national enterprise award as well as some great customer feedback for our work on this workshop, so this is THE place where you should start. All the experts and evidence say that the best businesses are planned properly before they start trading, and we agree.
So, we’ll take you through how to plan, what to plan and you’ll soon have a good idea of what you need to do next. Our ‘Start It!’ workshop is FREE.
Click here for our useful downloads, including our Business Plan Guidelines.
Step 3: BUILD - Further develop your knowledge and skills with our range of ‘Start a Business’ workshops
Writing a business plan can be a big task that often raises some good questions. Our workshops are designed to help with these, such as:
How do I find and keep customers?
Step 4: PLAN - Book a one-to-one meeting with one of our Business Advisors
Most people really value confidential, one-to-one support from an expert when they are planning to start up on their own. It’s a great way of getting a business plan checked over, your questions answered, and your confidence built. At the end of the meeting your adviser will also give you a short action plan to take away.
A 45-minute session with an accredited Business Advisor costs just £12 (including vat) for anyone unemployed and living in the London Borough of Hackney. This is a special rate, heavily subsidised by HBV Enterprise, and is not available to residents of other boroughs, for whom different fees apply. You can also use one of these meetings to get advice on forming a limited company. More here.
Remember that, if you are eligible for them, there are other services, e.g. Start Up Loans, which are free.
If you need finance, click to read more about our Loan Fund and also the new Start Up Loans scheme. Once you have started trading, Understanding Finance for Business, is our hugely successful service to help you raise the funds that you need to grow.
'Start a Business' is funded by HBV Enterprise
A small number of free one to one support sessions have been available under Enterprise Support 4 Start-Ups* for those out of work and living in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Islington, but not on the 'Work Programme'. However the scheme funding was very limited and all of the places have now been taken.
© HBV 2013 Page last updated July 2013