Wedding planning, natural therapy, jewellery and teaching music are some of the business ideas among the 17 entrepreneurs who graduated from this year’s Strive training organised by Wokingham Borough Council.
The six-week programme of interactive workshops gives entrepreneurs support and guidance on a range of aspects important for starting a business; from researching the market and business planning, to marketing and managing risk.
This is the third time the council has delivered Strive – this time during February and March – with training provided by Enterprise Cube; a social enterprise specialising in unlocking business start-up opportunities for local people.
At the final Strive workshop at Wokingham Library on 18 March the entrepreneurs were presented with certificates of achievement from Cllr Stuart Munro, the council’s deputy executive member for economic development and finance.
"Strive is an extremely valuable programme for the residents of the Wokingham Borough. It provides support for those who have a dream of setting up a business and helps to turn these ideas into a reality," said Cllr Munro.
"The local economy relies on innovative individuals such as these. I wish each of the graduates every success with their new business ventures, and I look forward to seeing their customer base grow."
To find out more about Strive please contact the council’s economic development officer Andrew Nicholls on (0118) 974 6018.