STRIVE LINKS...
Strive Online
 

Strive Supported

SUPPORT & BUSINESS ADVICE
WHEREVER YOU ARE…

We took all the advice and training of our award winning Strive programme
and boiled it down into easy bitesize videos on everything from pricing to social media.
Then we created an incredibly easy to use website for people to tune in and see it all.

With Strive Supported we add one-to-one support from a business adviser who
can guide you through the process of planning and starting your business.

STRIVE SUPPORTED NOW…
Strive Start-up Videos

We took all the experience of our award winning Strive programmes and boiled it down into easy bite size videos on everything from pricing to social media. Our team explain their rules, tools and insights, providing over 50 engaging short videos on over 20 key topics, covering everything you need to know get started. Strive Supported gives you access to an incredible package of videos where we share our stories, our tips and our tricks.

Strive Start-Up Pack

You’ll receive a full Strive Start-Up welcome pack when you join Strive Supported, which contains a guide to the online resources, as well as a set of printed “how-to” guides and business help sheets. Our training guides have been written by experienced entrepreneurs to give straight-forward and practical advice. You’ll also get the CUBE USB Key, which contains a complete suite of free business templates and tools that fits on a key ring, so you can work anywhere!

Strive Start-Up Emails

You’ll get an email each time you complete a topic and you’ll also get individual feedback from your dedicated business adviser when you complete one of the friendly quizzes too. They’ll be there to help you every step of the way. You can also contact your adviser or any member of the team through our snazzy Strive Online system, over the phone, and by email to ask any questions along the way.

Your Business Adviser

Strive Online is delivered by the same team of experienced entrepreneurs who deliver our face-to-face programmes. They’ve seen first-hand every aspect of setting up and running their own businesses, which means they are able to explain everything from personal experience. You’ll be allocated a dedicated business adviser from the Strive team, who will be there to help you as you work through Strive Supported and will help you plan your business.

USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE LIFE WORK FOR YOU

USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE LIFE WORK FOR YOU

The CUBE team have been been helping people across the country
to start businesses, using online technology, for over five years.
We’ve learnt a lot in that time, and now you can learn everything you
need to start a business in the UK right from the comfort of your own home.

STRIVE IN YOUR POCKET

Strive Supported will work on your phone or tablet, as well as on PCs and Macs,
so you can tune in anywhere you get the internet and spend a couple of minutes learning about business.
Fancy five minutes of learning how to sell online while waiting to pick the kids up, or
how about six minutes on figuring out how much you could make while sitting on the bus?
And, you’ll have a dedicated business adviser there to help you every step of the way.

Strive Unbound has modules on all of the topics below and more.

Being an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs come in every shape and size, so how do you know if you could be one? During several sessions we explore what makes a good entrepreneur and how to become one, while tackling common personal barriers to starting a business.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Why start a business?
  • Who can run a business?
  • Can you become that entrepreneur?
  • Setting your target, and striving for it.
Your Idea

Your idea is where it all starts. We’ll show you how to tell if you’ve got a good idea and how to turn that idea into a clear concept for a business, using unique selling points to make your idea stand out and be different from the competition.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • What’s your idea?
  • Assessing your business idea.
  • Unique Selling Points & why they matter.
  • Developing your idea.
Researching Your Business

It’s incredibly important to know what you need to know before starting a business. But what do you need to know exactly? Good, focussed research will give you the information you need to be able to make decisions about how your business will work. Our research tools will help you to focus on what’s important and find that information as quickly as possible.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • What do you need to know?
  • Target Research Tools.
  • Getting the information.
  • Keeping that information.
Customers

Once you’ve got your customers they are your most precious asset, so no business programme could be complete without looking carefully at how we can keep our customers and work with them.

COGS of Your Business

Providing a safe place for you, the public and your staff is very important. As are several other legal requirements you take on when you start a business. We explore these areas together, offering lots of useable information on what you need to do and where you can get support as your business grows.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Health & Safety
  • Record Keeping
  • Company Insurance
  • Governance
Registering a Business

Registering a Company

In order to register a company, you must first decide what type of company will make sense for your business. We’ll explain and discuss the differences between limited companies, sole-traders, freelancers, partnerships, charities and community interest companies.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Self Employment
  • Limited Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Charities & Community Interest Companies
  • Registering your company
Finding Money to Start

As you reach the point of having your business plan and understanding your cash flow, you are ready to look at how much you’ll need to spend to start your business. In this section of the programme we explore different places to get the finance to start your business and the advantages and disadvantages to each.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Grants
  • Highstreet Banks
  • Enterprise Loans
  • Working to Find Money
  • Factoring Contracts
Base Camp

Deciding where you will start your business from, what equipment you’ll need and how you’ll get to your customers is crucial. So we’ll guide you through essential business equipment and explore working from home, shared offices, business premises and retail/catering units. After this session you’ll be able to set up your own business base.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Workspace choices
    • Working from home
    • Virtual Offices
    • Shared Offices
    • Dedicated Offices
    • Industrial Units & Retail Spaces
  • Routes to Market
Sales

Our sales expert was responsible for sales which took his start-up from being a one-man band to a £2million turnover enterprise employing 120 staff. He’ll share how he did it and how you can do the same.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Finding Customers
  • Developing Sales Relationships
  • Telesales
  • Sales Meetings
Bookkeeping

As soon as your business has started to trade, you’ll need to keep a record of all the money going out and coming in, we’ll show you how easy this can be using our prepared templates and spreadsheets.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Expenditure Records
  • Sales Records
  • Cash Records
  • Working with an Accountant
Marketing

Our marketing expert has launched his own marketing agency and produced radio, TV and billboard campaigns. He’ll share the insights of his industry and how to run your own campaigns yourself.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Marketing Strategy with 5Ps
  • Creating a Professional Campaign
  • Low Cost Marketing
  • Gorilla Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
Art of Pricing

What will people pay for your product or service? It’s a difficult decision. To help you decide we explore many different approaches to setting a price and explain some universal rules of pricing which the experts use.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Understanding Pricing
  • Is Pricing is Elastic?
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Setting a Price
Business Planning

At Enterprise CUBE we offer training to help people to know how to start and run a business. Knowing this, you’ll find that writing a business plan document is straight forward and easy, especially using our uniquely accessible Business Plan.

Cash Flow

Cash is one of the most important elements to a start up business, we’ll help you to predict when it’s going to come in and go out, so you can manage your company properly. Knowing this, is knowing your ‘cash flow’, and is the biggest difference between good and bad businesses.