Business start-up course for entrepreneurs in Daventry district

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Up to a dozen budding entrepreneurs across the Daventry district will have the chance to strive for success following the return of a 12-week business start-up course.

Working in partnership with Spire Homes and the Enterprise Cube, Daventry & District Housing (DDH) is once again backing the ‘Strive’ course, which is aimed at helping residents that have a vision of running their own business.

The 12-week course is open to DDH tenants that have a business idea and possess the drive and motivation to make it a reality. Up to 12 spaces are available for this year’s programme, which begins on Tuesday September 15.

Attending once a week during a three-month period, Strive entrepreneurs experience a series of workshops, debates and exercises. Delegates learn everything they need to know to start their business, such as marketing, bookkeeping, business planning and advertising.

Strive culminates with a series of Dragons’ Den style presentations where delegates pitch for the chance of gaining an investment of up to £1,000 to boost their venture.

One DDH tenant who has already benefitted from the Strive course is 47-year-old Carron Spike, who lives on the Southbrook in Daventry.

Carron completed the programme last year and is now preparing to set up her own childcare nursery.

Carron said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of DDH giving me a place on the Strive Programme. Before I was lost, but now I feel like I have a purpose in life. I have a job and I am using my skills and knowledge. I owe DDH and Enterprise Cube so much!”

Training takes place in Hardingston, Northampton but transport can be arranged where required and tenants that drive will have their mileage costs reimbursed. After the course has ended, residents can continue to access support with obtaining further grants, training and equipment, as well as mentoring and ongoing business management advice.

For those interested in learning more about the Strive programme, free taster sessions are taking place on Tuesday August 12, between 10am and 12pm, at the DDH offices in Daventry.

A second free taster session, featuring the members of the Enterprise Cube, will be held on Tuesday September 8 at Bouverie House Community Hub in Hardingstone Northampton.

Caroline Godsell, resident involvement officer at DDH, said: “The Strive programme represents an incredible opportunity for our tenants to improve their career prospects and to develop aspirations of working for themselves.

“Schemes like Strive are so important because they enable people to become financially independent. They teach budding entrepreneurs what is needed to provide an income for themselves and their families, and ultimately reduce the amount of people having to receive government benefits.”

To find out more or to book your place on the Strive programme, please contact Caroline Godsell at DDH on 01327 707500 or caroline@ddh.org.uk