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Once you have decided to go ahead with a new business idea or develop an existing one, you will need to think in more detail about finance, marketing, and all the other elements that go to make up a business plan. This can also include finding out about new marketing methods such as social media.

Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs are happy to signpost to other training providers:







Start and Grow Enterprise

Offering free business support and a thriving community of start-ups in Gloucestershire! Start and Grow Enterprise supports pre-start entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses (trading up to 3 years) through free training, events, networks and resources. Running until the end of 2019, Start and Grow Enterprise is a University of Gloucestershire project with funding from ERDF. Please visit to find out more and to sign up.


HR Champions

HR Champions are a local training provider delivering a range of fully funded HR and leadership training as well as HR services.

Find out about their training courses by clicking here or contact them by emailing or telephoning 01452 331331.




Adult Education provide a varied programme of courses for adult learners looking for:

  • ‘first steps’ learning with support to improve literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • new skills for today’s workplace, including professional development
  • personal and recreational learning activities, and
  • multi-generation learning for families.

Adult Education’s priority is meeting the needs of learners who have not yet achieved full level two qualifications (defined as 5 GCSEs at grade C, or similar), and people who are disadvantaged by social, economic and health barriers. While some of that funding underpins some of our training, there are other suitable courses to which you might be referred.

To find out more about their general services then the best place to look is their website. or call them on 01452 583800







Learn Direct are the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services.


  • qualifications in everyday skills like maths, English and IT
  • vocational qualifications in lots of industries

Visit their website or go straight to their business course page.


Gloucestershire College


Gloucestershire College provides a wide range of courses; visit their website by clicking here or view their Business Hub page. Contact them on 01452 563400 or email for more information.