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Employ Yourself – SE16

Free training course for the unemployed or economically inactive

Unemployed and economically inactive residents from Surrey Quays, SE16 and the surrounding area of Southwark, can book a free online course to help them get started in business.

The course is aimed at people currently out of work and is led by experienced tutors and business advisors, providing advice on all the steps needed for starting a business.

The free Employ Yourself –SE16 course, run by charity Tree Shepherd in partnership with Paddington Development Trust (PDT), runs for 6-weeks from 23 June 2021, beginning with an induction on 16 June 2021, and covers topics from writing a business plan to marketing a business. The induction day will take place at the Thrive workspace in Surrey Quays, SE16.

Participants are supported in developing their ideas, before designing a business plan, learning about cash flow, and how to make their first sale. It is open to residents of Surrey Quays and the surrounding areas who are aged 18 or over who are unemployed or economically inactive.

Sandra Ferguson, CEO of Tree Shepherd said: “We want to show people, especially the unemployed, that they can realise their dreams and run a business. With the advice and guidance that our tutors and advisors provide they can be running a successful enterprise in no time. The courses will offer insight into all aspects of running a business.”

Participants are offered ongoing business advice from Tree Shepherd’s mentors on completion of the course.

THRIVE is a workspace providing low-cost private space for local start-up businesses and enterprise whose owners are residents in the SE16 area.

To book a space or find out further information email  quoting “SE16” or book here:

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