Enterprise Development Programme

Aspire launched our Enterprise Development Programme in May 2019, designed to offer intensive, specialist, practical and tailored advice to anyone experiencing barriers to self-employment who would like to find out more about starting up a new business.

We're supporting people to develop their skills in starting up a wide range of businesses, including photography, boxercise, restoration, life coaching, beauty therapy, gardening services, web design and so much more!

If you are considering self-employment and would like some help to take your first steps towards realising your business aspirations, we offer friendly and accessible information targeted to your needs.

Our Enterprise Development Programme is based at the Aspire Enterprise Hub in Templars Square, Cowley, brought online in collaboration with The Midcounties Co-operative.

'Getting into Business' Course

On this course - run over four days - learners can explore business ideas, how businesses begin, and access practical advice about how to start their own businesses.

"I have referred several clients to Aspire’s Enterprise Development Programme, and have always received very positive feedback. Nearly all have been inspired and report increased confidence after having been engaged. At least 2 have gone on to create websites and begin their freelance journey. This is a very valuable service and one that I hope will continue into the future."

Samuel Haines, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

“It was great to be involved, and feel more positive of my direction”


“Practical course with great individual support in which ever area you need it - reassuring!


“Friendly atmosphere and interaction between everyone on the course”


Supportive Business Clubs

Our clubs offer a drop-in for additional support, where you can meet with other people who are starting businesses of their own. The clubs also feature a range of guest speakers, all of whom have hands-on experience of setting up their own businesses across diverse industries.

Interested? If you would like to find out more about Aspire's regular courses and clubs, contact Sophie, our Enterprise Development Programme Manager, at [email protected]

Get Involved

If you would like to become a speaker at one of our regular Business Clubs or provide mentoring support, we'd love to hear from you. Please submit an online enquiry form or contact Luke, our Enterprise Advisor to find out more.