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Enterprise Booster

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Enterprise Booster

Get ready to take those first steps to running your own business or becoming self-employed. Boost your skills and know-how in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Got a business idea? Thinking self-employment?

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) at RGU, along with Aberdeenshire Council’s Employability Support Team (EST) have designed a new series of workshops for people aged 16-24 through the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG) scheme. If you are interested in becoming self-employed or running your own business, the Enterprise Booster will give you what you need to get your business plans off to a great start. This programme is free, fully-funded and 100% online!


About the Enterprise Booster

  • Free – no cost to you
  • Six-week programme
  • 100% online
  • Live, interactive workshop every week at the same time
  • Access to a short online course to give you even more tips and tricks
  • Complete the programme and you’ll get a certificate

Dates for your diary

The Enterprise Booster will return on 18 August 2021 with workshops being held every week until 22 September. Sign-up to join now.


What you will learn

These two-hour workshops will be held every week from 18 August to 22 September 2021. Participants must attend all sessions.

Workshop One - Motivation

Get to know the rest of the group through ice breaker games and then get thinking about what the Aberdeenshire and the UK will look like in the next few months and after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. What have you learned over the last year? What new tech and emerging trends could affect your business type?

Workshop Two - Customers

Customers are constantly changing. How do we keep them happy? What do they want from local business? Can we make it easier to buy from us? Get your customer right and you get your business right.

Workshop Three - Resources and Activities

What needs to be done, who needs to do it and what will they need? Who are you depending on? Do you need further qualifications or training before you start?

Workshop Four - Promo and Marketing

Find out about brand, digital and traditional marketing, how to reach certain customer groups and some great tips for a fantastic pitch.

Workshop Five - Making Money

Learn how to ensure you make money. Think about different pricing strategies and what funding or grants are available to you.

Workshop Six - Keeping it Legal

Learn the laws around running a business, business types (Ltd, sole trader etc.) Self-assessments, national Insurance, VAT, bank accounts and get introduced to support providers in the local region.


Who is the Enterprise Booster for?

The Enterprise Booster is open to those who are aged 16-24, living in Aberdeenshire. Priority will be given to those and who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Unemployed (excluding those in full time education)
  • About to leave school without work or further training to go on to
  • School leavers without without work or further training to go on to
  • In low paid employment
  • At risk of redundancy
  • At risk of losing an apprenticeship
  • Leaving training, volunteering, college or university without work or further training to go on to
  • Low skilled
  • Without qualifications at SCQF 5 or above
  • Underemployed

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for the programme, please apply as we can check your eligibility and if necessary connect you to other support available within the region.

Applications are now open:


Have a Question?

The Enterprise Booster is brought to you by EIG at RGU and Aberdeenshire Council through the Young Persons Guarantee.

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