Business Skills Training - Online Courses

Do you have a great business idea but don’t know where to start? You’re not alone and it’s why our business skills courses are amongst our most popular.

To successfully launch your business idea you will need to become multi-skilled across a number of business disciplines. Learn how to build a business plan, create a convincing elevator pitch, develop a marketing strategy, and manage your brand. You'll also need to become a project manager, even if it’s only your own time that you’ll need to manage to begin with. All this may seem daunting, but our business skills courses have been designed to give your idea the best chance of success.

These same courses are also perfect if you’re looking to develop your project management and strategy skills to enhance your CV. Our courses are designed for complete beginners and those who are looking to build on existing experience.

Our tutors are highly qualified industry professionals with a wide range of experience in managing and running successful businesses. As our courses are interactive, you’ll be able to ask questions and gain feedback throughout the course.

Our part-time courses are available online at flexible times, with daytime, evening, and weekend formats available. For more information about our tutor-led interactive online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our business skills courses below and enrol today!

  1. Introduction to TEDx Talks

    Course Date: Tue 9 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how TEDx event’s work, with tips on how to craft, pitch and present a talk, by TEDx speaker Gavin Freeborn Bit.ly/TEDxFEx. Skills and knowledge can also be used for other presentations.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Create your elevator pitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to introduce yourself and what you do. With a good pitch, you can avoid rambling, sound professional, and introduce your business with confidence when someone asks 'What do you do?'.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you one of the estimated 90% of people who find networking daunting and difficult? If so, discover the easy way to network, and reap the benefits in your work or business life.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Business skills for creative businesses

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This introduction to financial modelling, business planning and marketing for new businesses in the creative industries will cover: market research, marketing, innovation, incorporation, intellectual property, management structure, financial projections, pitches and presentations.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £150.00

  5. Developing a marketing strategy

    New
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Looking in depth at communicating your brand offline or online, you will be provided with the foundations to create a

    marketing strategy to suit your business and budget.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  6. Developing a successful business plan

    New
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you want to start-up a business or expand one that you are already running, this course will give you the skills to prepare a compelling and practical business plan to achieve your goals.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  7. Publish your first book online

    New
    Course Date: Fri 11 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to publish your first book electronically on the Amazon Kindle and other e-book devices using an existing Word document. You'll need good internet skills and experience of using Word.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  8. Developing and managing your brand

    New
    Course Date: Fri 25 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A brand defines how people see and relate to your business or product. A well-developed brand strategy makes your brand recognizable, relatable and your business more successful and valuable. In this course we will focus on the process of create a strong, memorable and compelling brand strategy that goes well beyond designing a logo.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

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