Reading residents supported to realise their business ambitions

Four Catalyst residents in the Reading area have participated in a training course designed to help their set up their own business.

The Strive course is run by Enterprise Cube and involved tutors who have themselves set up a business from scratch. Over 12 weeks the participants learned everything you need to know to start up your own business. These included: writing a simple business plan; researching your market; communicating to your target customers; keeping accurate records of your income and expenditure; and complying with the law. The course finale was a Dragons Den style event where business pitched their ideas to an expert panel.

‘If I hadn’t done the course I wouldn’t have the information to set up a small business. Without doing the course it would have just remained an idea. It motivated me and provided information’, commented Catalyst resident Andy, who  is now working hard to set up his New York style premium sandwich business.

The similarly exciting plans of other Catalyst residents are: a community coaching and mentoring service, a be-spoke craft group business, and an intervention and mentoring service supporting excluded and disadvantaged young people.

Any residents inspired to make their business dream a reality should contact Matt Renshaw, Catalyst’s Employment & Financial Inclusion Coordinator, on matt.renshaw@chg.org.uk or 07710 853193.

Further details about Enterprise Cube http://www.enterprisecube.org/

photo for Strive course