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Start Your Own Business: Basics (Multiply)

Course Code:MP2016F

Spaces:9 spaces left

Centre:Dolphin Centre

What the course is about

  • Do you want to have a better understanding of managing money? 

  • Want to find out how to calculate start-up costs needed for a small business?? 

  • Do you want to learn the basics to help create a business plan? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this could be the course for you. It’s a short course with no exams. 

This free course is specifically designed to cater for adults who want to build their confidence with finance before starting a small business. Delivered to small groups face to face, the sessions will get you thinking with a range of activities that can be enjoyed in a relaxed, friendly, and welcoming environment. 

This 4-week course is likely to involve: 

  1. Finding out how to manage finance and how to calculate start-up costs when starting a small business. 

  2. Top tips on how to start making a business plan. 

  3. Tips on how to price your product / service. 

  4. Understanding how to set up a business account. 

You will also have opportunities to move on to other courses when you have completed the four weeks.

Pre-course information session or interview

If you think this is the course for you, please Apply for a place and we will be in touch. 

The first session will be a chat with your tutor to find out about your learning goals and check you are on the right course for your current level before we complete your enrolment. This may include an online assessment. 

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

There are no exams on this course although you may be expected to complete some homework tasks and assessments.? ? 

Your tutors will review your progress with you from time to time to make sure you are staying on track for your learning goals. 

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course is for adults (19 or older) who do not already have GCSE maths at Grade C (4) or above or an equivalent Level 2 maths qualification.? 

It is for people who want to improve their maths skills and confidence for everyday situations and overcome maths anxiety.? 

Materials and costs

This course is funded by the Government’s Multiply fund. Therefore, there are no fees or charges for course materials. However, you are expected to have your own pens and pencils, paper, ruler and calculator.? 

As this is an online course, you will need to be able to access the online sessions and materials on a computer, mobile phone or other device.?

We may be able to provide equipment loans and financial support for learners on a low income: more information.? 

Next Step

You may like to continue with further maths learning or another subject area. Details of available courses can be found on our website. You may also want to book an appointment for information, advice and guidance to help with deciding your next steps

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start Date10 January 2024

LocationThe Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ


Time18:30 - 20:30

Duration4 weeks



Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £0. No Concessions.

You can study this course if you are over 19, live in the United Kingdom and do not currently have a maths GCSE or equivalent qualification.


How do I enrol?

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