First Step


It is a fact that most new enterprises fail within the first 2 years. This need not be the case for you. In our Business Planning Seminar (BPS), we’ll provide total awareness of the basic principles that need to be considered in starting up and writing your Business Plan.

The objective is to provide you with the knowledge that your business idea is viable and that the Business Plan is primarily for You.

You are your business, so we cover more than just the pragmatic aspects and look at the fundamentals of starting a business – Personal, Business and Core Skills; Experience; Risk (including awareness of the things that concern you): Market Awareness and Research; Your USP, Your Product or Service, Promotion, Pricing and the Essential Elements of Finance. The BPS is interactive and not  a lecture. 

Initiated 25 years ago, the Business Counselling model has proven to be the most effective form of enterprise support – 80% of start-ups undertaking this form of support survive well beyond their first 2 years and grow into sustainable entities.

In starting or developing an enterprise, whether through self-employment, a commercial business or social enterprise, you need to be fully aware of your capabilities, skills and understanding of issues, which will form the basis of your Business Plan.

The ROCBaSE Start-Up Programme is an integrated process consisting of regular Business Counselling Sessions, Training Workshops and Seminars, which are targeted for you to produce a Business Plan that proves viability of your idea.

 Your first contact can be either:

A Business Counselling Session £50.00. Concessions available for low-waged and unemployed – proof of status must be supplied.

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A Business Planning Seminar (BPS). In line with our “Affordable to All” ethos, the Business Planning Seminar costs £25. Concessions available.  Click HERE to Book »

Whilst the choice is yours, we would recommend that you attend a BPS first. A Business Plan is a document that should give you confidence in your ideas. This 3 hour interactive session covers all the essential processes – skills appraisal, market research and marketing, management and finance – required for you to prove that you have a viable business idea and that you’ll make money.  Even those experienced in Business Planning have derived benefit from a BPS because it addresses aspects that most providers do not cover – especially the human elements

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