Business Start Up

A start-up course for women ready to start a small business.

The Business Start-Up course (previously Roots and Shoots) is for women who are ready to start a new business. The purpose is to:

– Take women through a systematic programme of starting a solid, sustainable business

– Equip participants with the skills to run a small business

– Ensure systems are in place to make things run as smoothly as possible from day one

– Provide peer support to break the isolation and build confidence

Most small businesses fail in the first two years because the business owner does not have business skills to support their idea. Our start-up course addresses that problem to ensure participants have the skills and the support they need to launch a sustainable business.

Is this programme right for you…?

Are you ready to build a small business, or not-for-profit organisation?

Would you like to learn the business essentials with a group of supportive peers?

If the answer is yes to both, then Business Start Up is most definitely for you!

We offer two courses​

Face-to-Face in Lancaster

Next Start Date: 2024

The course is a 12-month, face-to-face programme based in Lancaster. The course is based on the highly successful Growing Club curriculum, but in greater depth.

Business Start Up Online (Roots and Shoots)

Independent Learning

A new online course for women starting their own business, crafted and delivered by The Growing Club CIC.

Independent Learning (self-paced): £150

It's given me a lot of business skills that I didn't even know I needed, which was really helpful.

business start up, the growing club
"I've learnt a lot of things, particularly marketing; understanding your customer and understanding what you want to achieve. All of that really I didn't know where to start."
- J.B -

How to Apply

Our face-to-face 12-month programme runs annually in Lancaster, at The Women and Enterprise Hub.

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, or would like to arrange a chat with our trainer, please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The 6-month online course for women starting their own business, crafted and delivered by The Growing Club CIC.

The online course is for women wanting to start any sort of business. It’s a blend of self-directed learning and online group work, aiming to promote connection with other women embarking on their business journeys. 

If you have any problems completing the application form, please contact us directly:

  • 01524 383846
  • The Women and Enterprise Hub, 7-4-3 Cameron House, White Cross Business Park, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ
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