One hundred free places are available on a new online short course for aspiring entrepreneurs and self-employed people in Greater Lincolnshire.
The University of Lincoln and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have joined forces to offer 100 free places to offer the course in the county and Peterborough.
The new programme of accreditation aims to support owners and managers of small and medium enterprises with the process of starting, running and growing their own business.
The course is studied entirely online, using video, text-based resources and self-assessment tests so learners can fit the course around other commitments, choosing when and where to study to meet their needs.
There are two phases to the programme with 50 places available on each. These places are now being offered free of charge to FSB members.
Offered in partnership by the University of Lincoln and FSB, the programme, ‘Sustaining Self-Employment – A Short Course for FSB Members’, will address two phases of small business ownership.
The first covers start-up and the structuring of a small business, including market research, financing and business planning.
The second examines how businesses grow, including modules on cash flow, efficiency, regulation and employment law.
The programmes begin in February 2017 – learners can start their studies at any time after that date but must complete the course by the end of October 2017.
Certificates of Completion will be awarded by the University of Lincoln after each phase. A tutor from the University will be available to answer questions and support students’ learning.
David Dexter of the Greater Lincolnshire and Peterborough FSB said: “It is an accepted fact that one in three new businesses fail within the first three years.
“Lack of knowledge in how to become self-employed, the difference from paid employment, who to register with, how to raise capital, how to manage cash flow and how to write a business plan all contribute to failure.
“Then the development of the new business poses further challenges in order to expand, take on premises, acquire employees, marketing and promotion, enter bigger contracts, etcetera.
“This new course will present the self-employed with support to sustain their new business and grow it for the future.”
Emma Kinna from the Lincolnshire Leadership & Management Centre (LLMC) at the University’s Lincoln International Business School said: “We are very excited to have worked with FSB on developing a new online course designed to support their members’ to gain practical skills in how to start, grow and run a small business in order to give small businesses a better chance of success.
“We have designed the course so that it is practical in both content and delivery. It is studied entirely online at the learners’ own pace and avoids the need to travel to and attend workshops at the University.”
For an application form contact Emma Kinna at the University of Lincoln on [email protected] or telephone 01522 835553.