Employment boost for students and graduates

By Donna | Jun 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Lindsey Birtwhistle, University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is appealing for recent graduates looking to start their own business to join a major project aimed at boosting business opportunities for people not in work. Inspiring Enterprise has received £1.45m of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities […]

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Examples of Social Enterprise

By Donna | May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if an enterprise has a social element or not, so we thought we would compile a list of some of our favourite social enterprise around the country.   Community shops and cafes Hambledon Village Shop is the longest-established community run shop in South East England having opened in […]

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Checklist for Start Ups

By Donna | Apr 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

So you’ve thought about it and decided to go for it and start your business – Great! There’s a lot to consider, We’ve compiled a handy checklist to help you keep on top of everything.   Choose a business name. Something catchy and relevant, or maybe your own name Set up your legal structure – […]

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Employment Project Making a Difference

By Donna | Apr 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

         A major new project aimed at boosting business opportunities for people not in work is already starting to make a difference. This two-year Inspiring Enterprise project has received £1.45m of Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund money. The aim is to help 500 unemployed people in the New Forest, North […]

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Esi Hardy’s Story

By Donna | Mar 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Esi Hardy joined the Inspiring Enterprise project in January and has been working with our adviser Susan, who has been helping her get started. She has now registered as a sole trader, written her business plan, and has her website up and running. I caught up with her to find out a little bit more […]

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Focus on Social Enterprise

By Donna | Mar 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Social enterprise - Gardening

  What is social enterprise? A social enterprise is a business which aims to help people, communities or the planet. The Big Issue, Divine Chocolate and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant are all examples. According to government statistics in 2010 there are 68,000 social enterprises in the UK.   How is a social enterprise different to any other […]

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The Small Business Toolbox

By Donna | Feb 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

100 Free Tools for Small Business Owners, brought to you by The Funding Circle. We’re always on the lookout for ways to make life simpler for the startup, small business owner or entrepreneur. This toolbox of 100 tools certainly fits the bill! You will need to sign up, but it is only an email address – no […]

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Community First – Feeling Confident Workshop

By Darren | Dec 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of our partners Community First are holding a free Feeling Confident workshop this December. Feeling Confident – Community First Workshop Plan for the future Build your confidence Improve your own self esteem This course will leave you feeling more relaxed, confident and able to face daily challenges. You will learn:- How feelings can change […]

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A common small business advertising mistake and how to fix it

By Amber | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Running small display ads in the local paper, in specialist magazines and other business newsletters, on websites and online directories can be an attractive low-cost option for a newly-started firm. But this is an area where many small business owners end up being disappointed with the results due to a very common mistake. A mistake […]

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Could your business offer something unexpected?

By Amber | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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One frustrating aspect of running a small business is trying to reach that point where you’ve developed a reputation that sets your venture apart from everyone else in your sector. The problem with reaching this goal is that there is nothing you can directly say that will result in it happening. In fact, the harder […]

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