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Be Your Own Boss Course in Sefton – starts May 24th


Young people in Sefton who want to work for themselves are being offered some expert advice on entrepreneurship on a free course that begins in Bootle in late May.

Award-winning business support organisation Regenerus is running the five-week course for 18 to 24-year-olds in partnership with Merseyside Youth Association, as part of the European-funded Talent Match programme. 

The Be Your Own Boss Course course gets under way on Wednesday 24th May from 10am-3pm at the Investment Centre on Stanley Road in Bootle town centre, and continues every Wednesday for the following four weeks.

According to Regenerus Chair Councillor John Fairclough, the course is aimed at young would-be entrepreneurs who want to set up their own businesses for a variety of reasons.

While some may have hit upon a great idea to fill a gap in the market, others may have a particular talent or skill they want to sell, or be passionate about providing a specific service.

“Whatever the impetus, the aim of this course is to give participants the knowledge, skills and contacts they need to get their business ideas off the ground,” explained Councillor  Fairclough.

Key elements of the Talent Match package include expert advice on participants’ business ideas, practical help with developing an image and brand and tips that will help young people to lose their fear of finance.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear at first hand from someone who has already taken the leap to start their own business.

And the course also provides three months’ ongoing mentoring from a successful entrepreneur, one-to-one support from a business adviser and networking opportunities with other young entrepreneurs.

Councillor Fairclough added: “This course offers a wide range of information and advice on how to turn a business idea into reality, and we hope it attracts a lot of interest from the many young people in Sefton whose ambition is to be their own boss.”

Abbie-Lou Austin, a graduate of a previous Be Your Own Boss Course, launched her Simply Dance and Fitness business in Seaforth in April last year offering a range of drama and dance classes.

Abbie-Lou commented: “Taking part in the course was invaluable, not just because of the business skills I gained, but because the advice and mentoring support I received afterwords really motivated me to get things started.

“I’m so glad I did it – everything so far has been really positive and the business is going from strength to strength.”

Talent Match, supported by Big Lottery and the 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