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Starting your own business or freelancing

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Make a start or increase the reach of your start-up or freelancing business idea. You can tap into a range of support available from our award-winning Centre for Entrepreneurship to plan, start and maintain an existing business.

You can work up any business idea you are developing with our team who support you for up to five years after you graduate to develop your confidence and leadership potential through taking the steps needed to start up. You can access relevant, hands-on training and business advice. We proudly work in partnership with the Bathgate Group and this support enables us to give grants to student and graduate entrepreneurs upon completion of our Start-Up School programme.

Skills workshops

You can sign up to a range of short business skills based workshops using our online booking platform. We run these throughout the year and the topics include: Digital Marketing, Leadership in Business and Writing for Social Media.

Start-up school

If you have researched your idea and are ready to get going and start trading, this boot camp style programme is just for you! You’ll work in small groups of other LJMU students whilst learning the fundamentals of starting-up and build valuable network contacts with business leaders from across Merseyside.

Idealab – an immersive innovation experience

Idealab is a 2-week programme for students who want to experience the innovation process and learn a whole host of career enhancing skills in the process. You will work in teams of five to move an idea from a concept to a costed proposal through to speaking to customers, users and stakeholders. Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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