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Business Startup Diploma

The Business Start Up Diploma training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

Starting a business is a stressful and hectic time. With a lengthy to-do list of all the different tasks you need to do, it can be overwhelming. Often new business owners don’t take the time to look at what training they might need to help them carry out the varying tasks that running a company necessitates.

By dedicating some time to personal development at the beginning of the process, you will be maximising your chances of success.

Course Duration: 140 hours

CPD Points: 140

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Introduction to Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in business structure and law. The structure of a business and the legal requirements for directors, shareholders and company secretaries are crucial; not least for Executive Assistants and finance professionals who often have to help prepare AGMs, business reports, prepare and file accounts and manage bank accounts, etc.

Understanding Business Accounts

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business; are considering setting one up or need to learn more about company accounts for your current or future role.

Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Costing & Pricing

Invaluable for anyone responsible for accounts or setting pricing within a business, this short course is something we’re sure you’ll get true value from, in terms of real pound signs.

Project Management Fundamentals

Good project management skills are always highly valued within a business as they ensure deadlines are met, costs are controlled and the deliverables are right first time. So with this course your skills will be highly in demand. Split into four highly engaging parts, the course takes you through the full life cycle of a project in terms of defining what it is, planning every aspect to ensure you deliver on quality, timescales and budget, before finally implementing and completing the project. The last part involves evaluating how the project went – ensuring you can learn from every project and refine your processes.

Marketing Essentials

Many roles include a marketing element. Over simple lessons, this course introduces you to the principles of marketing and all the major elements.

WordPress for Business

WordPress is recognised worldwide as one of the most popular online blogging tools used by millions every day. WordPress has evolved a great deal and is now widely used as a full content management system where you can design, build and create a professional website. Our online WordPress for Business training course is specifically designed for those of you wishing to learn how to create a business focused website. Throughout the course you’ll learn more about WordPress and why it’s a great tool to help you create a business website. You’ll learn about designing a site and how to physically create a website.

Facebook for Business

The course shows you the difference, and overlap, between using Facebook for your personal profile and a Facebook page for business. With a guide to Facebook apps, creating competitions and using Facebook advertising as well as how to measure the success of your Facebook Page, you’ll start to see the vast opportunities that lie within Facebook.

SEO for Business

This course covers the importance of SEO and how different search engines work, focusing on the Google search engine. Initially looking at identifying keywords for the business and learning where the keywords should be used in a website, blogs and social media, the course also covers the importance of link building.

LinkedIn for Business

On completion of this course, you will be able to set up an optimised LinkedIn individual profile and use LinkedIn to connect to, and engage with, your contacts. You will learn about using LinkedIn groups to improve your credibility and visibility. The course covers setting up a company profile, using LinkedIn advertisements and measuring the success of using LinkedIn.

Twitter for Business

Here we offer a complete guide to setting up a twitter profile, understanding the twitter language and best practice usage of twitter. We look at finding people to follow and attracting followers. The course moves on to look at HootSuite – a tool to make Twitter use easier and more targeted.

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following:

  • Sage 50 Accounts
  • Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 2
  • Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 3

The Business Startup Diploma offers an excellent opportunity of professional skills development for any prospective new business owner. So, if you’re an entrepreneur and thinking of setting up your own business, this diploma will ensure you have the professional skills and know-how to make the process as seamless as possible.

Our Business Startup diploma is a great way to gain practical, hands-on experience in some of the key areas involved in running a business. Subjects covered include everything from understanding business accounts, book-keeping and marketing, right through to project management and more. You’ll come away with a renewed focus to ensure your new business venture succeeds.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

ITA (Individual Training Account) funding may be available for this course subject to eligibility. Please contact us for more information.

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