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Enterprise Booster

Supporting Startups

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?

Enterprise-Booster-Logo-Gradient-2-250wThe 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

  • For 16-24-year olds, living in Aberdeenshire Council areas
  • For those who benefit from the Young Person’s Guarantee
  • Free – no cost to you
  • Six-week programme
  • 100% online
  • One LIVE workshop every week at the same time
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • 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

Our first programme runs from April 2021, with LIVE online workshops being held on the following dates:

  • Workshop One – 7 April 10:00 - 12noon
  • Workshop Two – 14 April 10:00 - 12noon
  • Workshop Three -21 April 10:00 - 12noon
  • Workshop Four - 28 April 10:00 - 12noon
  • Workshop Five - 5 May 10:00 - 12noon
  • Workshop Six – 12 May April 10:00 - 12noon

What you will learn

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.


Sound Good?

The Enterprise Booster is open to those who benefit from The Young Persons Guarantee and who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Live in an Aberdeenshire Council area
  • Thinking about becoming self-employed
  • Interested in starting a business

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

If your application is successful, you will be granted Associate Student Status with RGU giving you access to a range of online resources and support. 


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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