Could you be a care sector entrepreneur?

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you currently or have you previously worked in the health and social care sector? We are running a free programme on behalf of Essex County Council called the 'Inspiring Entrepreneur Programme for the Care Sector'.

Starting in February in Colchester, the 10-day pilot course, will offer potential care sector entrepreneurs business development skills and techniques as they set up a new business.

Led by an experienced Eastern Enterprise Hub facilitator in partnership with expert business leaders, the course will offer a care sector focused action learning programme. Students will apply skills learnt from real life experiences and expertise of established business leaders such as Ashtons Legal, Ensors Chartered Accountants as well as Adult Services commissioners.

The 10 day programme is targeted to various groups and individuals in the care sector including:

  • registered nurses that have left the profession
  • individuals with care experiences that have not been active in the sector
  • individuals looking to start their own business
  • university and college social care graduates

The course will run on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm, starting on Feb 8th. These dates and times may however be subject to change depending on the volume of applications received. Dates will be confirmed when applicants are accepted. The course takes place at the Wilson Marriage Centre in Colchester.

Digby Chacksfield, CEO, and Eastern Enterprise Hub, speaking at the launch of the programme said: "This is a new course for the Enterprise Hub. The new reality for the care sector is an increase of demand outpacing current business ability to provide care, which means that there is an opportunity for returning and new carers to set up and sustain business and micro enterprises. We want to help people gain business knowledge, become more self-confident and be a part of a community of like-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs, impacting on the care sector."

The need for more alternatives and flexible health care services in Essex has inspired Essex County Council to fund this programme to further support local businesses in effort to maintain a healthy county.

To sign up to the course please visit the our programmes page on website. You can also call or email them at: 01473 527100, or

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