Start Your Business programme – everything you need to know

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Who is the Start Your Business programme for? 

For those in Cambridge, Peterborough and Hackney, East London who are looking to start their own business but need a helping hand in getting their idea off the ground. You will not have launched your business yet or may have just started, but not yet registered with any of the governmental bodies regulating the creation of companies, enterprises or charities etc.

What will the workshops cover?

Our workshops will go through everything you need to know to understand the basics of building a successful business. Our team will work with you to define the internal workings of your business and will go through methods of promoting your business through marketing and social media. We will also support you to register your business, and work with you to build networks going forward.

How will a 1-1 session help me?

You’ll received tailored support to explore your business idea and help you work through the actions needed to check that it is viable and supported through creating business plans and strategies.

This is the time we get to know you and your business idea better, so that we can explore further ways in which we can help you.

Who will I meet? 

Our team & speakers – You will meet our professional venture support team from across all of our locations, plus expert guest speakers who will take you through workshop sessions. We will also refer you to networks who we feel will be valuable to you and your business.

Like-minded people – You will meet a cohort of like-minded people, who are on a similar journey to you. You will meet them in person where possible for workshops and have coffee buddy sessions where we encourage you to get to know each other – who knows what collaborations can be made and the relationships you may gain from your experience on the programme together.

Our alumni – Not only this, but we also welcome our alumni to come back and meet new cohorts, so you will meet people who have already been on the journey you are about to go on, and you can find out what they learnt and where they are now.

It’s not all work, no play – we also organise the odd social here and there where we all meet at the pub for a casual drink!

Where will I be at the end of the programme 

Ideally, at the end of the programme you’ll have registered your business or be at the stage where you feel confident to launch, giving you experience and knowledge learnt over the course of the programme to go forward.

What happens next? 

Once the programme ends, you’ll be supported via our alumni network and have the opportunity to meet up with your team for informal chats as and when needed to ‘check in’ with your progress.

Towards the end of the programme we will point you in the direction of further resources and will also encourage you to check out our other business support programmes – Grow Your Business and Impact Accelerator – where you can continue your business journey with us.

The Allia Start Your Business programme was very useful to our business in helping us work through our early ideas and assumptions. The sessions were well run and provided useful insight into areas we need to focus on now and in the future. Perhaps most useful was just being connected to others who are going through the same thing as us that we could talk things through with and feel that we weren’t on our own. We made several useful connections through the programme that will help us going forward. We are keen to take part in other Allia programmes in the future, thank you!” Sarah & Alex. Founders of In Good Company, 2021 

In Good Company successfully launched their business and have now joined our Impact Accelerator programme, taking their next steps on their impact journey to create a greater positive impact for people, place and planet!

Interested? – Apply now for Cambridge, Peterborough and East London.

All of our programmes are fully funded, so free for you to access. Our programmes in Cambridge and Peterborough are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.