Starting your own business

We can help turn your passion into your profession...

Image: young women standing infront of her buisnessHave you ever thought of making money from your hobby? Or becoming self employed?

Whether you are interested in increasing your business potential, earning money from your hobby, becoming self employed or simply gaining a certified enterprise training, we can support you!

Our friendly Increase enterprise team based in Kent and Sussex will help you start up your own project.

Group workshops, mentoring or one to one advice, you can choose what works best for you.

We will help you to:
  • Identify a business idea
  • Build your business plan
  • Promote your product or service
  • Keep your benefits when starting an activity
  • Improving your business
  • And much more!

A baker smiling proudlyUpcoming courses:

If you are interested in starting your own business we can help through our upcoming FREE training sessions.

Over the period of the course, you’ll:

  • Refine your business idea
  • Build your confidence
  • Learn how to promote your business online
  • Learn how to register, manage your finances, taxes and benefits
  • Get support from your landlord.

The courses run over a 5 week period, with one session per week. You can choose whether to enrol on our Monday or Wednesday course.

  • The Monday courses run weekly from 10 January until 7 February 2022 (running 10am until 3pm). 
  • The Wednesday courses run weekly from 12 January until 9 February 2022 (running 10am until 3pm).

Book your place

Click here to book onto one of our courses or our taster session. Or for more information about the course please email us at

Increase is an accessible programme. We're able to help with Digital Support. Get in touch to find out how we help meet your access needs. This course is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg FCE.

Success stories

Hear from some of the people who completed our business start up courses in these short videos...

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Mamta attended one of our free business start up courses giving her the confidence to start her own business.

Watch her video here.

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After attending one of our free business start up courses in Tunbridge Wells, Catherine was given the tools she needed to grow her businesses without spending any money!

Watch her video here.

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Attending our business start up course has given Joe the confidence to progress and move forward with his business while meeting different people with other types of businesses

Watch his video here.

You can watch more of our Increase VS Programme video content and case studies here on YouTube.


We’ll be glad to support you with your business idea. Get in touch using our online form (button below) to find out more.

Register your interest

For Increase VS training materials, guides, top tips and more check out our new Resources Page here.

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How have we helped others?

Ermalinda was involved in one of our training sessions in 2017:

There are a lot of technical things I didn’t know I had to go through.

Doing the business course, it brought me a long way where I can be proud of speaking about my product!”