19 entrepreneurs from Havant borough were among 97 businesses given a boost by the Rebel Business School during a free course in October, supported by Havant Borough Council (HBC).
The week-long online course provided attendees with a new way of thinking, giving them practical ways to get their ideas off the ground, helping them to thrive as a business.
The course included advice on: how to start a business for free; sales and marketing; setting up your website; and legal and tax issues. The course provided all the information and support needed to get a business idea up and running.
Stephen Biddlecombe of The Blue Box Cake Company, based in Waterlooville, said: "This course is so good networking with people facing the same fears and exciting prospects. Networking and sharing experiences is second to none." He went on to say, "It is invaluable to our community enabling many to realise their ambitions and entrepreneurial ideas."
The course was funded by HBC, East Hampshire District Council, New Forest District Council and Waverley Borough Council and delivered through the Hampshire-based enterprise, The Rebel Business School.
Councillor Tim Pike, HBC Cabinet lead for Finance, Regeneration and Estates, said: “As a business owner myself, I know how important it is to have the confidence to take the step from having an idea to making it a reality.
“It can be a very daunting prospect but knowing the basics of what you will need to do can make all the difference.
“If this course leads to even a handful of businesses starting in the borough, the local economy will see the benefit.”
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