Talent Match

As part of Talent Match, Regenerus offers a FREE programme for young people thinking of starting their own business


Regenerus is running “Be Your Own Boss” as part the Talent Match programme for 18 to 24-year-olds, living in Sefton, Liverpool and Wirral, in partnership with Merseyside Youth Association. The package of support includes: workshops; business advice; mentoring and a start up grant.

Whether you have hit upon a great idea to fill a gap in the market, or have a talent or skill you want to sell, if you are passionate about starting your own business, join us so that we can help you on your journey.

Key elements of Talent Match include: helping you to recognise the skills you already have, expert advice on your business idea; market research techniques to help you investigate the industry you entering and how to find out more about what your customers really want, practical help with developing an image and brand, and an introduction to finance.

Designed to build on your skills and add to your knowledge base, the programme also includes an opportunity to hear first hand from local entrepreneurs; someone who has been there and done it, someone who has taken that leap to start their own business.

Following the workshops, “Be Your Own Boss” provides one-to-one support from a business adviser and three months’ ongoing mentoring from a successful entrepreneur, working in the same business sector, which will lead to introductions to useful contacts and networking opportunities.

If you decide to start your own business, Regenerus will also help you on your way with a start-up grant of £250.00

Abbie-Lou Austin, a graduate of our “Be Your Own Boss” programme, launched her business, Simply Dance and Fitness, in Seaforth, in April 2016, offering a range of drama and dance classes, including Zumba. She says, “taking part in the Be Your Own Boss programme was invaluable, it wasn’t just about the new business skills I gained, but the business advice and mentoring support after the course really motivated me to get started, and I am so glad I did, the business is going from strength to strength”.

Regenerus Chair, Councillor Fairclough added: “This programme offers a wide range of information and advice on how to turn a business idea into reality, and we hope it will attract a lot of interest from the many young people in Sefton, Liverpool and the Wirral, whose ambition is to be their own boss. Whatever the motivation, the aim of this course is to give young people the knowledge, skills and contacts they need to get their business ideas off the ground.”

Talent Match, supported by Big Lottery and European Social Fund is open to young people aged from 18-24 who live in Sefton, Liverpool or Wirral who are not currently in employment or at college.

To book a place on the course ring Donna Dutton at Regenerus on 0151 934 2637 or email donna@regenerus.org.uk.