A BUSINESS course helping people to start or further develop their own company is running in Evesham from the end of the month.

Germinate Enterprise is a local scheme aimed at helping new entrepreneurs explore whether their idea for a new business might work.

The six week course, starting on Thursday, September 28, is led by Chris Sheehan and Sarah Hewitt who have many years of running and mentoring businesses.

This is the second time the course will be run, following positive feedback from those who took the course earlier in the year. Each sessions lasts two-hours which helps participants to consider whether to start an enterprise or to become self-employed, think about the right business to start and whether the idea is viable. It was written by successful small business entrepreneurs, people familiar with starting a business with limited resources.

Emma White from Nellies Children’s Clothing, who was a participant on the first course, said: “I have a better sense of where I’m heading now and have a better direction.”

Sally Keen, who also attended the course, added: “It was good to look at my skills.

"Although I’ve changed course a few times, it was a chance to clarify where to go next.”

Course leader, Chris Sheenan, said: “After the course, there is the opportunity for an optional monthly follow-up gathering.

"These are low-resource and enjoyable evenings for both aspiring and experienced people which also helps to tackle the isolation entrepreneurs often feel.”

The next course starts on September 28, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm and is limited to 10 places.

The cost is only £30 which covers refreshments and course materials.

To apply, please email germinate@evesham.church or call Sarah Hewitt on 01386 429122.