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  • I would highly recommend distance learning as a great way to study. You need to be self-motivated but that’s great for me and it gives me the flexibility to fit studying around everything else. I can truly study at my own pace and spend more time on the areas that I find more challenging, rather than having to go at the speed of the tutor. Groves Training Services is a really committed provider which offers an excellent all round service. They have experienced, understa ...

    Jane Holland AIAAP, FIAB
  • The IAB course has given me a passion for bookkeeping and now I have an internationally recognised qualification to help me build my career. The course motivated me to learn more about how businesses work and has made me realise how in-demand bookkeeping is – I know my skills will always be needed. With distance learning you can work at your own pace around your commitments. This was great for me plus, I get the one-to-one support I need from professional tutors.

    Wathsala Ediribandarage
  • Distance learning was the perfect solution for me as i was able to fit it in around my full time job and enabled me to work from home when it suited me. The distance learning option meant I could work to my own time schedule and I was under no pressure to meet a deadline as I booked the exam when I wanted and fealt ready. The course was easy to follow and well structured and my training provider,Groves Training Limited, offered excellent support and feedback throughout the ...

    Deborah Ross
  • Studying on a distance learning course is a really flexible way of tailoring your studies around your work and home life. For this reason distance learning really appealed to me. I have a busy life and trying to commit to a set day or evening every week was difficult for me. I was able to study when and where I wanted and also being able to control how quickly I could complete the course was so helpful. I was always confident I was on top of my studies; if I was busy one week ...

    Caroline Lylak

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Start Up Loans

You’ve got the passion, the drive, and a brilliant idea. Now all you need is to give your new business the best possible start with:

  • An influx of cash-flow to get your venture off the ground
  • Mentoring to help you make the right decisions from the word go
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All this could be yours through the Start Up Loans Company. Providing both finance and invaluable business support, why not get your business off on the right track!

The facts

  • The Start Up Loans Company is a government funded scheme with £117.5 million available to people aged 18 or older across England and Northern Ireland
  • The initiative is on target to launch 30,000 new businesses by 2015/16

Can I apply?

Yes! If you are 18 or older, live in England or Northern Ireland and have a feasible business idea. If your application is accepted, you’ll get all the support you need to make a real go of your business.

How do I apply?

To kick-start your business idea, fill out this short application form:

Once you have applied, the Start Up Loans Company will be in touch to discuss it further. If successful, you are guaranteed a loan and personal mentor!

When do I repay?

Easy payments over five years - at a fixed 6% rate – help you budget ahead and keep on top of your cash-flow.

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