Free finance courses for start-ups


The Access to Finance programme is running a series of free business start-up courses across Cornwall.

Delivered by experienced finance specialists, the Finance for Start-ups courses are designed to provide those looking to start their own business and owners of early-stage businesses, with the practical knowledge and skills they need to achieve their ambitions.

The two-day courses cover all aspects of business finance including funding options, grants, VAT, profit and loss, cashflow, forecasting and writing a business plan. As well as step-by-step guidance from experts, the sessions offer attendees the chance to network with other local business owners to share experiences and build lasting connections.

Visiting a number of locations across Cornwall in the coming months, the first two courses will run on May 11 and 12 at the Victoria Conference Centre and on May 23 and 24 at Venton Conference Centre in Summercourt.

Heather Coupland, progamme manager at Access to Finance, said: “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy, which is why our courses are designed to empower attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to get their businesses off to the best possible start.

“They provide the chance to learn from experienced finance experts, many of whom have also run their own businesses, so they understand the challenges new business owners face.”

For those that prefer to learn from the comfort of their own home or office, Access to Finance also delivers a series of bitesize webinars via Zoom. Topics include business basics, alternative finance, grant funding and financial forecasting.

Only 20 places are available at each venue. More dates and venues will be announced soon.

For further information and to register, click here.

The Access to Finance programme, which is designed and delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice, is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.