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SAGE: Fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship

PUBLISHED: 13:58 16 February 2018

Start and Grow Enterprise

Start and Grow Enterprise

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Free support is available for new businesses looking to get started and grow, thanks to a groundbreaking University of Gloucestershire project, targeting women, young people and career-changers

Expert advice, training and resources for start-ups and anyone with a business idea in Gloucestershire is available from a University of Gloucestershire project called Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE). With funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), SaGE will help over 500 new businesses to get started and to grow in the county, from August 2017 to December 2019.

The SaGE project is open to Gloucestershire based pre-start individuals and start-ups (trading up to 3 years) and is completely FREE! Activities include inspiring start-up events, two-day intensive courses on how to grow your business, a series of masterclasses covering key topics for young businesses, plus ongoing networking events, mentoring, resources, co-working and incubation space.

Participants who are registered businesses or sole-traders will also have the chance to apply for one of our limited Enterprise Vouchers (a reimbursed grant of £1000) through a competitive application process. The voucher can be spent on almost anything to help their business to grow!

Although the project is open to all, it aims to provide focused support for underrepresented groups to help stimulate latent entrepreneurial spirit. These include women in business, young people aged 18-24, career changers aged 40+, older people aged 65+, and ethnic minority groups. SaGE is also supporting Social Enterprises to work more closely with businesses, and working to connect those starting-up in the cyber and digital sectors. Working with partners and organisations across the county, SaGE will offer distinct events and networks for these priority groups, enterprises and sectors during the life of the project.

There are three entry points into Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE), and related FREE monthly activities:

START - for pre-start, unregistered individuals who are not yet trading

Start-up Weekend

The Start-up Weekend offers an inspiring course in developing your own business – from ideation and what’s needed to become an entrepreneur, to essential steps needed to get going such as registering, tax and marketing. During the weekend you will create a Business Model Canvas and develop clear next steps for taking your ideas forward.

Upcoming dates for Start-up Weekends held at The Growth Hub in Gloucester are:

• Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18

• Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8

• Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20

All running from 10-4.30pm, with lunch and refreshments provided and parking on site.

See our website for other Start-up Weekend dates happening around the county with our delivery partners.

GROW - for registered businesses or sole-traders, trading for about 6m-1yr

Grow your Business course

This is an essential two-day course for new businesses, looking at key areas to help you grow. In the company of other early-stage entrepreneurs, you will have the chance to revise and develop your business strategy, finances, marketing, and find solutions to obstacles you may be facing for your business growth. You will leave with an individual action plan and clear next steps.

Upcoming dates for Grow your Business courses held at The Growth Hub in Gloucester are:

• Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7

• Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6

• Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8

All running from 10-4.30pm, with lunch and refreshments provided and parking on site.

See our website for other Grow your Business course dates happening around the county with our delivery partners.

ENTERPRISE - for registered businesses or sole-traders, trading for about 1-2.5yrs

Five Steps Programme

The Five Steps Programme is series of weekly masterclasses covering essential topics for the survival and success of growing enterprises. The sessions offer expert advice, support and the chance to learn from peers and build your network in a small group. Masterclasses include Business Strategy, Finance & Access to Funding, Legal Requirements, Leadership & HR, and Marketing & Sales. The series culminates in a group review and individual support from business mentors.

Upcoming dates for the Five Steps Programme held at The Growth Hub in Gloucester are:

• 5 week series’ beginning Tuesday, February 20, Tuesday, April 3, and Tuesday, May 22

All sessions run from 1-3.30pm, with refreshments provided and parking on site.

We also have monthly Networking events open to all, with a different speaker sharing their start-up journey and top tips each month. The events run from 5.30-7.30pm, at The Growth Hub in Gloucester. Upcoming dates are:

Wednesday, February 21

Wednesday, March 21

Wednesday, April 18

Details of speakers coming up each month can be found on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/UoGSaGE

Sign up to Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE) to get FREE support for your business: www.startandgrowenterprise.uk

To join the SaGE project please visit our website to complete a short Eligibility/Joining form and Diagnostic questionnaire: www.startandgrowenterprise.uk

Contact us with any questions on email sage@glos.ac.uk or phone 01242 715400

Facebook: UoGSaGE

Twitter: @UoGSaGE

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/start-and-grow-enterprise-sage

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