Your Business With James Caan 2017 - 124
You don't need a business
degree to run a business
- you can train while you
build your enterprise
hen asked the secrets of
his success, Bill Gates,
co-founder of Microsoft and richest
person in the world, revealed the
key to his achievements is that he
never stops studying. "I place a high
value on ongoing learning," he said.
To be a successful entrepreneur,
you need to be continually
improving your skills, learning
about the intricacies of your ﬁeld
and staying up-to-date with changes
in the market. You don't have to do
a full-time course to learn these
skills - there are plenty of part-time
courses you can take while you work
and grow your business.
These courses may focus on the
basics of business practice or on
speciﬁc areas where you may feel
you need to improve, and many are
free. They are also great ways to
encourage your staﬀ to reﬁne their
skills and help your business thrive.
Here are some of the options.
FREE FOR ALL
A network of business and
enterprise agencies around the UK
provides free, government-funded
business advice, training and
masterclasses to new and small
businesses, as well as mentoring
and access to ﬁnance. Visit gov.uk/
business-ﬁnance-support to ﬁnd
agencies in your area.
Many local colleges also oﬀer free
business courses to help you start
and grow your business, funded by
the European Social Fund to combat
unemployment. Contact your local
college to see what's available.
The Open University runs free
distance learning courses through