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Free courses for Low Income employees

Take the next step in your career today
We are providing free courses for people who earn less than £20,000 a year.

  • Accountancy
    Hair and Beauty
    Health and Social Care
    Hospitality and Catering
    Eligible courses include:
    Motor Vehicle
    Sport and Fitness
    Teacher Training
    Travel and Tourism

Don’t let finances hold you back.
T 01753 793000 (Langley & Windsor courses)
T 01784 228676 (Strode’s courses)


Free Courses for low pay staff

Free Website Builder with Yell

Yell is No. 1 for managed digital marketing services for all types of local businesses in the UK*, which is why we’re proud to have them as a lead sponsor here at The Business Show.

As part of their Digital Pledge to help small businesses build their online presence they’ve launched a FREE Website Builder. There are professionally-designed templates tailored to your particular type of business, so from beauticians to electricians, there’s a perfect template for you, making it easier to get started.

Not only will your website be fully responsive (meaning it’ll look good on all devices, from laptop to mobile), it will also have secure HTTPS functionality which search engines like Google love, and be easy to update via a code-free drag & drop editor. You’ll also get a unique domain name with matching email address and a marketing toolkit to help your business get noticed. All free!

Choose a website template now, and start building your new business website today.

Already have a website?

Get a free website report to find out how well your current site is optimised for search engines, mobile compatibilty and security. As well as scoring your social media presence, online reputation and business listings accuracy

Find out more here

Would two days free coaching help your business?







If you are planning to grow your limited company but could do with some external support to help achieve your goals then The Growth Hub may be for you. Funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP Spelthorne businesses may qualify for two days expert coaching which can also lead to tapping into other areas of government funded support.


If you would like to find out more then email Ruth on for more details.

Filmmaking opportunity for young people

What is the BFI Film Academy?

The BFI Film Academy course covers every area of the filmmaking process, enabling young people aged 16-19 to gain an NCFE qualification in Working in the Film Industry. As well as developing their commercial and cultural knowledge and skills needed to help make a career in film a reality. After completing the course, young people will have the chance to gain support and progress onto a range of ongoing filmmaking opportunities.

The course is run at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios and there is a nominal charge of £25 – HOWEVER we offer full bursaries (free places) and travel support to anyone who is eligible for free school meals. Each place is worth in excess of £2000 and the programme is run inside each of the studios.

We would be happy to run free taster workshops, set up stands, pop by and meet individuals and/or receive direct referrals for any young people AGED 16-19, remotely interest in film, art, acting, photography, music, business, sound tech, writing etc.

The dates the course will be running are:
– Shepperton Studios – Every Day, 22nd to 26th October 2018 (October Half Term)
– Pinewood Studios –  Saturdays, 5th January to 9th February 2019

Applications can be downloaded from:

Enterprise Adviser Network

Could you spare some time to share your skills with local schools?

We have been contacted by Mo Forgan from Satro, who is involved in setting up an Enterprise Adviser Network in Spelthorne. She has got buy in from the majority of Spelthorne secondary schools and now needs to grow a network of local business people to support them.

What is an Enterprise Adviser?

Enterprise Advisers are the cornerstone of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national programme. They are a nationwide network of high calibre volunteers with experience of employment or self-employment.
Main purpose of the role
Supported by an Enterprise Coordinator(EC), the Enterprise Adviser(EA) will work closely with the senior leadership team of a specific school or college to:
• Support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement
• Provide access to their local business networks
• Help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people

The EA will work with a school or college on a one to one basis. The EA will be matched and introduced to that school or college by the EC.
The Enterprise Adviser will:
• Be committed to supporting a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one day per month
• With the support of the senior leadership team, develop, shape or add value to the school or college’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy
• Working with the EC, conduct an initial Compass evaluation and support the school or college in identifying priority areas for support within 6 months of joining the EAN
• Ensure that the school/college they support use our careers planning tool, Tracker, within 9 months of joining the EAN
• Use their contacts to encourage a wider group of employers or the self-employed to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies
• With expert knowledge of their sector, commit to developing a good understanding of the wider employment base in their locality
• Engage in the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Enterprise Adviser induction programmes
• Join the LEP Enterprise Adviser network group and attend the network meetings
• Share best practice across the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) and provide support to other EAs
• Utilise the resources provided by the EC such as the toolkit
• Promote the role of EAs amongst existing contacts and networks to contribute to the recruitment of new EAs

Skills and experience
Enterprise Advisers will be:
• Drawn from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes
including the self-employed)
• Passionate about motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting
positive outcomes for young people
• Able to work effectively with employers and schools and colleges
• Well connected to employers of all sizes and the self-employed and have established
networks and contacts which they are willing to share
• Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of the local labour market and a
willingness to promote these
• Motivated to lead engagement with schools and colleges in the local area and help them
understand how effectively they are motivating young people and preparing them for the
world of work
• Have knowledge of the support available in local area and an understanding of how young
people, the school and college could benefit from this support
All Enterprise Advisers must be DBS checked.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Mo on .


Have you thought about getting an apprentice?

Have you thought about getting an apprentice but don’t know where to start?

Heathrow is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships and recently shared with us a new SME Toolkit put together by  The APPG  to help more small and medium-sized businesses recruit apprentices.

The toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices, as well as making recommendations to government, local councils and businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.

 You can read the toolkit here

SME Toolkit



For more information on the APPG on Apprenticeships, please go here: