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RSA Trust Inspiring Women

Start Up Programme

For women resident in Enfield, Haringey or Waltham Forest

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The RSA Trust Inspiring Women Start Up Programme is aimed at empowering women in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest, to develop their business idea and start a business.  All support is FREE as it is supported by local Enfield charity The RSA Trust.

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What is the Inspiring Women Programme?

This programme is a FREE package of support delivered through webinars, seminars and 121 advice and guidance (via zoom), over a 6-month period. The commitment required on average is around 1 day every 2 weeks on a Thursday, including work outside of scheduled webinars/ seminars.  Our next course will begin in February 2024.

This is a great opportunity to develop your business knowledge and skills, improve your confidence and get your business up and running!

Topics covered include:


  • Exploring & developing your business model

  • Carrying out market research effectively

  • Digital marketing & selling online

  • Understanding financial costs and expenses- how much is needed to make a profit

  • Building confidence

  • Your personal and business wellbeing

  • Understanding the legal requirements of running a business

What previous participants say

Check out what 2023 participant, Juliet Saffrey says on our You Tube video about how the programme helped her get her virtual assistant business started - Jewels VA.


"The course webinars, together with the Adviser’s guidance, have given me the structure and accountability I needed to give some "life" to my ideas. This was helped by the regular meetings, the detailed feedback  on homework as well as the tools and tips given throughout the sessions ranging from legal guidance, practical marketing tools to rate calculators. In a nutshell it gave me a great structured starting point for my business together with heaps of confidence validating that I am on the right path with my new journey.”  Nadia Zammal​

I wanted something that suits my needs. The programme gave me the chance to make new friends and learn new skills such as using social media without apprehension – it also gave me hope that I can create a sustainable business despite economic changes. The support from listening to others has been great and I leave sessions feeling inspired and energised to do things and the tasks or 'homework' kept me focused and guided.” Placida Ojinnaka​

“I am so grateful for the opportunity be on the course and all I have gained from the webinars. The one to one advice session with the Business Adviser topped it, as I now have a much clearer knowledge of where I am going. All the help and support I got with my event management venture was really valuable – and thanks to the Business Adviser for taking the time to reboot my motivation!”  Noalline Osbourne


Our next Inspiring Women Start Up Programme will commence on 8th February 2024. If you are interested in applying, please complete the form below - we will email the application form in November 2023.  

Am I eligible?

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR OUR 2024 INSPIRING WOMEN START UP PROGRAMME HAS NOW CLOSED. If you would like advice and guidance on starting your business - please complete the online form on this link.

To apply you must:

  • Be a woman living in one of these boroughs: Enfield, Waltham Forest or Haringey

  • Have a business idea and be thinking of starting a business

  • Not have already registered your business as a sole trader with HMRC or at Companies House

  • Be able to commit to the 6-month period of the course- please see dates below on Thursdays:


Scheduled sessions – please note all in person seminars (except 11th July) will be held at the North London Business Hub, Barnet and Southgate College, Southgate N14 6BS.

  • 8th February – in person seminar

  • 22nd February – in person seminar

  • 7th March – zoom session

  • 21st March – zoom session

  • 18th April – in person seminar

  • 2nd May – in person seminar

  • 16th May – zoom session

  • 23rd May – in person seminar

  • 6th June – in person seminar

  • 13th June – in person seminar

  • 27th June – zoom session

  • 11th July- seminar and celebratory lunch with certificate presentations at West Lodge Park Hotel, EN4 0PY

Request an Application Form for the
Inspiring Women Start Up Programme

Thanks for your request - we will email you an application form asap.

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