Explore Enterprise (October 2023 – Greater Manchester)

We’ve helped more than 90,000 young people to start their own business – and you could be next.

Course Dates

23 October - 3 November


Greater Manchester

Course Format


Course Capacity




Learn the basics of business and build key entrepreneurial skills

Thinking about becoming your own boss or trying to decide if self-employment is right for you? You’re in the right place.

Explore Enterprise is part of The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme. On this 2-week course, you’ll explore the basics of business through a mixture of online workshops, independent learning activities and one-to-one support.

Discover what it takes to build and grow a successful business and get to grips with essential marketing, selling, finance and business planning skills.

Once you complete the course, you'll get support to test out your business idea and the opportunity to apply for a business mentor and financial support.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at young people who are:

  • Aged between 18 and 30

  • Interested in becoming self-employed

  • Ready to explore their business idea in more detail

  • Self-motivated

  • Able to commit time to weekly learning

  • Able to easily access the internet (including Microsoft Teams app)

Interested in this course?

Sign up to the Prince’s Trust Learning Hub and log in for instructions on how to confirm your interest in attending this course.

More about this course

This 2-week course runs monthly.

Online group workshops:

You'll need to attend 6 online group workshops to complete the course.

  • This is a two-week course, workshops run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

  • Workshops are hosted via Microsoft Teams

  • Workshops take place between 10.00am - 12.30pm

Independent learning:

You’ll also be expected to complete learning activities in your own time before each workshop. These activities are important to your personal development and will help you to feel prepared and ready to contribute to group discussions.

Can't make this one?

Don't worry if you're not available for the dates below. You can contact the team to book on to a future course.

Your contact for the Greater Manchester team is Ellie Fox

Email Ellie: ellie.fox@princes-trust.org.uk

Course schedule: Week 1

Self-employment and Marketing: Monday 23rd October

10am - 12.30pm

Explore what it means to be self-employed and learn marketing essentials to help you position your business in the market.

Marketing (part 2): Wednesday 25th October

10am - 12.30pm

Build on what you learned in the first workshop. We’ll discuss how to promote your product or service, competitor analysis and more.

Selling skills: Friday 27th October

10am - 12.30pm

Dive into the sales journey, online and offline selling strategies and what it takes to make a memorable first impression on your customers.

Course schedule: Week 2

Business money management: Monday 30th October

10am - 12.30pm

Find your feet with your personal finances. Learn practical ways to manage your money and what you need to know as a business owner.

Cash-flow, book-keeping and HMRC: Wednesday 1st November

10am - 12.30pm

Get your head around finance record-keeping and the actions you need to take to keep your income and business costs in check.

Business plan and next steps: Friday 3rd November

10am - 12.30pm

Start to build your business plan and find out more about the business support available to you through The Prince’s Trust.

Interested in this course?

Sign up to the Prince’s Trust Learning Hub and log in for instructions on how to confirm your interest in attending this course.

Get your business off the ground

After the course, extra business support will be available to you through our wider Enterprise programme. Should you decide you want to start your own business, we’re here to help you make it happen.

Build your business

We’ll provide you with one-to-one support time to start building your business. We’re also here to give you advice and guidance as you plan and test your ideas, and you'll even get the opportunity to apply for funding.

This is where most of your time will be spent as you work to apply everything you have learned with The Prince’s Trust to take your business forward.

Launch your business

Before you launch your business, you'll get the chance to present your business plan to our Business Launch Group. Don’t worry, there are no dragons here. This will be a positive experience to ensure there are no weak points in your plan and to give you full confidence for the successful launch of your business.

Business mentoring will be available to you at this stage in your journey. We also offer start-up finance support if you need it.

The Prince’s Trust is committed to helping every young person. However, there are some business ideas we are unable to support. You’ll have the chance to discuss your idea with one of our team in your first one-to-one after the course. If we are unable to support your idea, we will signpost you to other organisations who might be able to support.

How Noor turned her dream of starting a business into a reality

With help from our Enterprise programme, Noor set up Seaworthy Consulting, a recruitment specialist in the global marine sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

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