S4S Southwest Peninsula

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  • DatesJune 2014 - November 2014
  • Participants380 businesses

the client

The Regional Growth Fund

the brief

In January 2014, School for Startups agreed to design and implement a programme of activity to achieve the following goals;

  • Create 250 jobs in the South West Peninsula Region
  • Assist in the provision of £1,953,000 match funding

the solution

School for Startups developed an intensive Six week course which combined world-class training, personal business advice and individual support; the School for Startups South West Peninsula Programme.

This tailored training resulted in every participant gaining the knowledge and skills required to write and prove the content of a comprehensive business plan and cash flow for their business.

This immersive course took place in seven locations across the South West Peninsula Region between June and November 2014.

the outcome

We estimate an impact of 419 jobs created and £2,503,297 of private match funding by the end of the evidencing project timeline as a result of the School for Startups South West Peninsula Programme.

  • 97% of respondents were satisfied with the course, 77% of which were very satisfied.
  • 97% of participants were likely to recommend the course to a friend
  • Overall participants agreed that the course improved their skills and confidence across all topics

Participants noted that the programme had provided them with;

  • Clarify of focus
  • A thorough step by step toolkit to starting a business successfully
  • The opportunity to really take time to stop and think about the
  • business and devise a plan to move forward
  • Real world examples to help test and refine ideas
  • The motivation and confidence to continue with plans
  • A realization that their current plans required refining and rethinking to be successful


the relevant services

Workshop Delivery

Helping Governments

Content Development