Blueprint for budding entrepreneurs helps turn ideas into reality

Every year hundreds of thousands of Brits make the decision to set up their own business but many ideas fail to become a reality due to budding entrepreneurs not having access to support they need. New initiative StartPad gives ambitious individuals a blueprint to follow to help them set up a business from defining an idea through to looking for growth opportunities after launch.

Backed by two successful entrepreneurs the platform offers a wealth of invaluable advice for individuals that want to turn their dream into a reality. Users of the course will be guided through eight comprehensive modules made up of lessons and tasks to complete, ranging from picking a business name and registering the company to marketing techniques to support business development and growth. On completion of the modules entrepreneurs will have a business plan that can be given to banks, investors and mentors.

Chris Haycock, Co-founder of StartPad, said, “There are so many great business ideas that are never turned into a reality because entrepreneurs simply don’t know where to start when it comes to setting up their own business or believe that it’s too difficult. StartPad is a solution to that problem and we hope that it will encourage more entrepreneurs to take the plunge by giving them access to an easy to follow blueprint, taking soon-to-be business owners from concept to launch, and giving the British economy a boost in the process.”   

Haycock began his entrepreneurial journey after becoming homeless and using his initiative to sell products door-to-door in order to get himself off the streets. Since then his media company has amassed a portfolio of more than 30 websites, which, in 2015, attracted almost 1 in 7 of the UK population. Fellow co-founder Fay Easton also boasts impressive credentials, with vast experience in building businesses. Easton is a regional champion for the government backed Enterprise Nation and was one of the co-founders of the Young Britain project, which launched over 400 entrepreneurial start-ups in the UK.

StartPad is completely free to use and allows entrepreneurs to progress through the stages of setting up a business at their own pace. Once a task is completed it simply needs to be ticked off and users can move on to the next step when it suits them. At the end of each topic users are asked a series of questions, which are them used to create a business plan that can be downloaded and printed. The platform also allows budding entrepreneurs to create their own branded stationery without the need for design skills.

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StartPad is a comprehensive programme of eight modules that aims to support budding entrepreneurs taking their concept through to the launch phase. Throughout the course users build up their business plan that can then be given to banks, investors and mentors. 



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