Learn with Start Up LoansA partnership designed to help UK businesses get off the ground and stay there
The courses provide a rich source of vital information for anyone who’s new to being their own boss, as well as would-be business owners who are considering taking the plunge. Covering digital skills to bookkeeping and accounting, the courses are designed to help business owners understand more about the key aspects of running a business – from the day-to-day to growing a venture.
The courses provide a rich source of vital information for anyone who’s new to being their own boss, as well as would-be business owners who are considering taking the plunge.
Covering digital skills to bookkeeping and accounting, the courses are designed to help business owners understand more about the key aspects of running a business – from the day-to-day to growing a venture.
Introduction to the context of accounting
This free introductory course will help you to understand the very basics of accounting
Money Saving Expert’s Academy of Money
Advice from Money Saving Expert to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting
Learn about the essential numerical skills that are required for accounting and bookkeeping
Financial accounting and reporting
Using case studies, this course will take you through the decisions you will need to make when building a business
Entrepreneurial impressions – reflection
This course encourages you to unpack your own perceptions about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship
Marketing in the 21st Century
This course offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation
Do you hate making decisions? This free course will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making
Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
Understand the importance of how living rurally influences your business or social enterprise objectives
Frequently asked questions
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Start Up Loans was established in September 2012, with a mission to help new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support to start and grow. We’re a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.
For more information, visit Start Up Loans Frequently Asked Questions.