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Entrepreneurship News

If you’re interested in developing a business idea or finding out more about running your own business you will find details of useful events, courses and articles on this page. We’ll keep the page updated with new information and point you in the direction of any help and support we can.

If you’re OU student aged between 18 and 30 and have an idea you think we can help you develop into a business or want to find out more about entrepreneurship email us at menter@open.ac.uk 

Events

Open University in Wales Entrepreneurship Webinars

Listen to, learn from and discuss business start-up issues from successful young Entrepreneurs who have been there, done it .. and are still doing it!

  • 7 June, 12 pm - 1pm, In discussion: Surj Bami (MD, Blue Harper) and Zoe Blackler (formerly of Café Junior, now freelance consultant).
  • 22 August, 12pm - 1pm,  Digital Marketing: Austin Walters (specialist consultant)
  • 24 November, 12pm - 1pm, Social Enterprises: Lee Sharma (CEx, SimplyDoIdeas)

Please email menter@open.ac.uk for instructions on how to join any or all of the webinars.

Business Wales are continually arranging workshops and to find a local event go to: wales.business-events.org.uk 

Big Ideas Wales workshops - free and open to any young person aged 16-24: Freelancers Academy, University of South Wales Atrium, 5 – 9 June. Book here.

Open access business–related activity across North Wales
Email owain.williams@natwest.com for information on events across North Wales (Owain is a Business Growth Enabler working with NatWest Cymru and based in Caernarfon)

Learning from others

NatWestBoost and Entrepreneurial Spark work in collaboration with very special mentors, entrepreneurs and professional services businesses, they may be able to help you with your business ideas.

How we started a business despite not being business-minded
Don’t be caught out like these two creatives almost were when their runaway successful hobby morphed rapidly into a potentially very successful business!

How to decide on the perfect domain name for your business
Advice from Letterbox Hamper's Jonathan Winfield on the steps he took to find the most search engine-friendly domain name for his new business

Working with the NHS: 'doors are opening for innovative small firms'
The health service is increasingly relying on small businesses to meet its needs. But how can entrepreneurs find a way in.

Top start-up lessons we can learn from female founders
Start-up advice from successful female entrepreneurs like Michelle Obama, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg (CEO Facebook) and Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx)

Resources

Business Start-Up Grants from Caerphilly Borough Council
Phone 01443 866220 or email business@caerphilly.gov.uk
For similar business start-up grants near you, phone your local Economic Development, Regeneration or Business Advice departments.

Futurelearn
Free enterprise and entrepreneurship-themed online courses

Resources specifically targeting the disabled entrepreneur

Disabled Entrepreneurs   
A UK organisation run by disabled entrepreneurs for disabled entrepreneurs.
It supports anyone with a disability to become an entrepreneur by providing business networking opportunities and news on disability related business developments.
  
Disability Horizons 
An online disability lifestyle magazine covering, amongst other things, employment and self-employment.

The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs - The competition opens up on June 2017.