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Everything you need to know to start your business

Your business idea brought to life

With our startup fundamentals programme anyone can start a business. Honestly.

If you’ve got the glimmer of a good idea – even if you don’t know the first thing about business – we’re here to help you bring it to life.

Discover everything you need to know to become the boss of your own successful business. From testing the water with market research, to developing a business plan and applying for funding.

Get real-world business smarts from entrepreneurial experts, either:

  • Online, in your own time and at your own pace, or
  • Live, in our two day intensive course in Newcastle. Only a few places left, click the button below!

Apply for Fundamentals Live!

Which aspiring entrepreneur sounds like you?

The frustrated 9-5er

You’ve got a job but your heart’s not in it. You dream of being your own boss. But you don’t know how to make it a reality…

The work-life balancer

Always dashing from work to school to home. You want to get off the treadmill and get some balance back. But need some support to make the change…

The redundancy worrier

Your job’s not secure and you want control of your destiny. You know you’ve got the skills to pay the bills. But you’re scared to take the leap…

The happy hobbyist

You’ve got a passion that makes your heart sing. You’d love to get paid for it, maybe even make it your living, but aren’t sure if it would work…

A practical, no-nonsense and jargon-free way to learn everything you need to know to set up and run a successful business.

What’s involved?

Fundamentals is an entry-level business startup course, developed by entrepreneurs for people who want to follow in their footsteps. You’ll learn about:

  • Entrepreneurial traits (and whether you’ve already got them)
  • How to spot and develop a great business idea
  • How to write an amazing business plan
  • Market research and marketing
  • How much it costs to start a business and how you can fund it
  • How to budget and create cash flow forecasts
  • Using social media to promote your startup business

Get the full lowdown

The Smarta way to learn about business


Get the practical business knowledge you need to succeed, from experts in small businesses and startups


1-2-1 attention from expert tutors and entrepreneurs, as well as the support of your fellow learners


Study alongside like-minded business brains - people walking the same path as you


Watch recordings of lessons online, in your own time when it suits you. 8am? 8pm? No worries!


Use Learn Smarta Online, our Virtual Learning Environment, to access course materials and talk to your tutor

Want to know more about the team behind this?

What you get with Learn Smarta

  • Affordable small businesses courses
  • Practical real-world guidance
  • Taught by entrepreneurial experts
  • Friendly, small group learning
  • No exams

Fundamentals Live in Newcastle!

What you don't get with Learn Smarta!

  • Unrealistic time commitment
  • ÂŁÂŁÂŁÂŁ tuition fees
  • Large impersonal classes
  • Abstract academic learning

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