How To Build Your Own Business

Are you a budding entrepreneur who wants to know how to go about starting your own business? Are you interested in social enterprise and want to find out more? Would you like to find out how to pitch for a grant of up to £3,000 to get your business started?

Then come along to How to Build Your Business, a series of six interactive sessions from the Student Enterprise and Employability Development (SEED) team. These fun and creative workshops are designed to equip you with all the information you need to get your social enterprise started!

The sessions, all running from 5pm – 7:30pm, will be led by successful entrepreneurs Erika Watson and Robert Ashton. They are open to all students but you must register to attend.

21 Feb: Could I, Should I, Would I..?

This highly interactive workshop explores what’s involved in working for yourself. Led by Erika Watson

25 Feb: The Big Idea

Shape your entrepreneurial vision through creative thinking. Led by Erika Watson

28 Feb: Social Enterprise – How to make things happen

Identify opportunities, develop your idea into a winning pitch and discover how to pitch for an UnLtd grant. Led by Robert Ashton

07 Mar: Know your Market

Who are your customers – the lifeblood of your business – and how can you reach them? Led by Erika Watson

14 Mar: Making it Happen

Everything you need to start and grow a successful venture – including presentation skills, gaining support and making connections. Led by Erika Watson

21 Mar: How to stay in the Game – Social Enterprise

How to ensure your new social venture survives, by planning for success and managing growth. Led by Robert Ashton

If you’re starting your own enterprise, you could be eligible for grants of between £500 and £3,000. These grants have been provided with support from Unltd, HEFCE and Santander. All funding allocations will be supported with mentoring and access to space in our enterprise hatchery.

To book your place on all or any of these sessions, visit For more information about starting your own enterprise, including accessing funding, contact the SEED team at


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