Being self-employed or starting a small business can be an attractive option. Nearly four million people in Britain are self-employed and the numbers are growing all the time. Self-employment can offer flexible working hours, an opportunity to do something you enjoy and are good at, and a chance to be your own boss. What’s more: you don’t have to wait until you graduate; you can start your own business while you are studying. BGU has its very own Business Incubation unit for business start-up.
Opened in 2007 BG’s business and enterprise hub was a pilot project created and funded via the Higher Education Innovation Fund. Having enjoyed major success and more demand than availability, the University took the next step and secured funding to develop the building from a 5 unit, 1 meeting room, small scale business and enterprise facility to a two-storey, 15 unit business and enterprise hub with 3 state-of-the-art conference rooms.
By co-locating the Business Development Office within BG Futures we aim to develop enterprising students, staff and alumni seeking to further their business ideas. Through events, advice and other business support initiatives, we help create the kind of entrepreneurial attitudes needed to face tomorrow’s business challenges.
Bishop Grosseteste University is committed to supporting business and enterprise both within the institution and in the wider community and so at BG Futures, you might consider starting up or growing your own micro-business. We currently have a number of students and alumni who have successfully done this.
We provide three levels of start-up support:
- Our virtual office facility is ideal for those just starting out, providing a postal address and secure mailbox facility.
- Our hot-desk facility allows those who wish to use office space on an occasional basis to have use of a PC and broadband access.
- Our business pods are for those businesses who need a more permanent office space.
All of our incubation tenants will also be able to access a range of other support facilities including that directly from the Business Development Manager.
If being your own boss and owner of a company is something that you are seriously interested in or just want to have more information, the Business Development Office is available to provide that support. They will take you through all the basics on how you can get a business up and running, – you just need to come up with the ideas and have the determination to make it happen. You can book a one to one appointment to get advice on self-employment and business start-up. Go to the Resource Centre to collect a one to one appointment booking form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.