Explore Enterprise (October 2021 – Greater Manchester)
We’ve helped more than 90,000 young people to start their own business – and you could be next.
18 October - 29 October
Become your own boss
The Explore Enterprise course is part of The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme – a four-step journey designed to boost your enterprise skills, help you test out your business idea and give you the opportunity to apply for a business mentor and financial support.
1. Decide if Enterprise is right for you
Sign up to The Prince’s Trust Learning Hub to watch our Explore Enterprise information video to start your journey.
We'll tell you all about the course so you can decide if it’s a good match for you. You’ll also get the chance to attend a live information session if you want to ask some questions or if you want extra support before deciding to take the next step.
2. Explore Enterprise Course
The Explore Enterprise course brings you six 2.5-hour online workshops that help you develop the skills you need to start your own business.
The workshops tap into a wide range of business topics to help you explore and prepare for self-employment. Come together with other young people to learn about everything from business planning and marketing, to sales, budgeting and tax.
The course also includes a series of videos and independent learning tasks you’ll need to complete in your own time.
To get the most out of your time with us, you need to complete all learning tasks. Tasks help you prepare for workshops and will boost your personal development.
Build skills and connections
During your time on the Explore Enterprise course you’ll build knowledge, connections and a variety of skills that will help to support you into the world of business.
Explore Enterprise workshops:
Workshop 1: Self-employment and marketing
Workshop 2: Marketing (part 2)
Workshop 3: Selling skills
Workshop 4: Business money management
Workshop 5: Cash-flow, book-keeping and HMRC
Workshop 6: Business plan and next steps
How do I get involved?
Sign up to The Prince’s Trust Learning Hub
Watch the information video
Confirm your interest in the course
Share some details with us
Interested in this course?
Sign up to The Prince’s Trust Learning Hub to find out more about how we can support you to build and grow your business.
3. Build your business
Once you’ve completed the course, 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.
4. 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
You have up to 12 months to build your business, ready for launch. We will work at your pace within that time. The length of time can depend on the stage you are at now with your business, for example, if you're already trading or your business is still an idea.
The timelines and stages of the Enterprise programme are below:
Explore Enterprise Course (Videos, Workshops & Independent tasks)
6 x 2.5-hour workshops over 2 weeks
Build Your Business (One-to-one support with Prince’s Trust Executive)
Up to 12 months
Launch Your Business (One-to-one support from a Business Mentor)
Up to 24 months
The Prince’s Trust offers small grants and start-up loans;
1. Grant to test your ideas
For example, a grant could be used to test trade your ideas or conduct market research.
2. Start-up loan
On completion of your business plan, you could have the opportunity to apply for a low-interest start-up loan of £500 - £5,000.
You will need to satisfy certain conditions before your business is eligible for a grant or a loan. Your Prince’s Trust Executive and/or your Mentor will support you to get your business ready to receive funding.
You don’t need to be registered with HMRC before you start the Explore Enterprise course. We will discuss Tax, VAT and HMRC and what you need to know during the course. We will support you to register with HMRC as needed in future.
Yes. The course is designed for you to explore your business idea with practical activities before and in every workshop. You'll get the most out of your time on Explore Enterprise if you can apply all the learning and the tools to your business.
However, we know circumstances can change; if something comes up which means you are unable to attend one of the workshops, please speak to your Prince’s Trust Executive.
We have a pool of mentors who volunteer with The Prince’s Trust. We aim to match you with a mentor who has the expertise, business skills and experience to help your business. All mentors are trained in the principles of business and will be able to help in different ways.
If you choose not to launch your business with The Prince’s Trust, we will help you to explore other options and link you to alternative support for your next steps.
Prince’s Trust Executives will support you through the process of creating a thorough business plan that covers all aspects of starting and building a business. Through the Explore Enterprise course, you may gain new knowledge to strengthen your business model and add to your existing business plan.
It’s OK if you have more than one business idea, we can support you to decide which idea to focus on.
Decided this course isn’t for you?
We’re still here for you. Explore other learning courses and support available to you in Greater Manchester.