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Business Skills Training Courses Online & in London

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. Strategy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Further build your career confidence by learning intermediate strategic management practices and procedures to help implement your company’s strategic plans.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Developing and managing your brand

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  3. Going freelance: setting up as a sole trader

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An overview of the various steps to consider when setting up as a sole trader.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  4. Creating your own portfolio career

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory course for anyone considering self-employment or starting their own business. Find out whether you're ready to take those daunting but exciting first steps.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Developing a successful business plan

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  6. Developing a marketing strategy

    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  7. Business skills for creative businesses

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £175.00

  8. An introduction to project management

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to learn about project management? You will learn techniques to ensure that controlled management of a project is obtained from start to finish.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  9. Publish your first book online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  10. Create your elevator pitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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

  11. 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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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

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