Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Maybe you fancy a career change or you’ve had a great idea on the back burner for too long. Perhaps you’ve even had a go at a little side hustle during lockdown?
Research shows that one in five people reading this will answer yes to one of the above and will have an ambition to start a business in 2021.
It’s a trend that’s welcomed by Gateshead-based Transmit Startups, the UK’s leading provider of Start Up Loans for business.
From vegan handbags to valet-style bike parking and everything imaginable in between, they back brilliant independent businesses day in, day out.
The team has seen a threefold rise in applications for funding from UK entrepreneurs over the past year, taking the company’s investment in businesses to more than £100million since 2013.
What they’ve learned from all of this is that success depends on more than just a good idea.
Entrepreneurs stand a much greater chance of making a real go of things if they’ve done some groundwork first. And that’s just as true if they’re aiming to be a sole trader, a franchisee or a big chain.
Free business training course
That’s why the team has developed business startup training that’s unlike anything else out there. Learn Smarta gives people a practical, no-nonsense and jargon-free way to learn everything they need to know to set up and run a successful business.
The programme costs £499 but is fully funded for anyone living in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
Working with expert tutors, real entrepreneurs and a cohort of like-minded startups, participants are guided through the process of developing their business idea and testing whether it’s sound at a pace that suits them – usually four to six weeks.
The idea is to equip future entrepreneurs with the skills and inspiration to confidently complete their business plan and financial forecasts, ahead of taking their business to market.
Interactive live learning
Learning is delivered virtually and flexibly to suit a range of lifestyles and busy schedules, with interactive live sessions available to watch on demand.
Expert tutors provide one-on-one consultations to identify areas of strength and weaknesses so participants can focus their time effectively. While the Learn Smarta community shares the experience of starting up so nobody needs to feel they’re going it alone.
Fully funded places are limited, register now at smarta.com/learn to avoid disappointment. The next Learn Smarta cohort starts May 10.