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partner universities around the world,
and most are free.
However, not all online courses are
worthwhile or credible - even if the
site looks slick and professional - so
do your research before signing up.
Look at the institution behind the
course - is it respected? If there's a
qualification, is it accredited by a
professional body or an established
college? Ask for recommendations
from colleagues in your network.
Some software packages can also
guide you through areas of business
practice, such as Sage accounting
software for small companies.
If you're looking for targeted
training and resources for business
owners, a new generation of private
entrepreneur academies is springing
up. Often founded by successful
business people, these offer seminars
by experts in their field and skillsbased qualifications, sometimes
through partner organisations.
The Peter Jones Enterprise
Academy, set up by the Dragons' Den
star, has a nationwide network of
public and private sector partners who
work within local colleges and training
institutions. Others worth checking out
include Entrepreneurship Academy
Wales, Entrepreneur Academy London
Some academies may require
membership. Before you spend money,
check the academy's credentials and
associations, and look for testimonials
from previous participants.
COURSES FOR WOMEN
Women face specific challenges when
setting up a business. According to
forbes.com, male entrepreneurs are
86% more likely to be venture-capital
funded, for example, while in 2015
only 8% of fundraisers who picked up
capital through equity-based
crowdfunding platforms were women.
There are a number of organisations
offering courses, mentoring,
masterclasses and one-to-one coaching
to female entrepreneurs, as well as
networking opportunities and business
advice. Check out Enterprising
Women, Outspace, the Women's
Organisation and Verve for Women.
If you're looking for something a
little different, the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art (RADA) runs courses
on confidence and presentation
aimed at women in business.
FOCUS ON... LONDON
AND THE SOUTH-EAST
LOOKING FOR A COURSE TO SUIT YOU OR YOUR EMPLOYEES? HERE ARE
SOME LEADING PROVIDERS OF BUSINESS TRAINING IN THE LONDON AREA
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n Ealing, Hammersmith & West London
workshops for entrepreneurs and
College offers a wide range of
their employees, plus more than
business courses, from an introductory
200 accredited e-learning courses.
diploma in business to a Level 5
HND in business management. For
more information, visit wlc.ac.uk.
n Birkbeck University of London's
n The British Library Business &
IP Centre runs workshops and
masterclasses to help you start, run
School of Business, Economics &
and grow your business. It also has
Informatics has a range of short
a network of centres around the UK.
evening courses on subjects such
as leadership and team building,
n Kingston University's Business School
and strategy and business
offers a range of programmes for
planning, as well as part-time
individuals and companies, from short
degree courses. See bbk.ac.uk.
courses to postgraduate degrees,
n City Business Library runs an awardwinning programme of talks and
either at your premises or another
venue. See business.kingston.ac.uk.