One-to-one business advice

Business Support Sessions are available to DMU students and graduates. The sessions can be effective in helping you explore your business idea or business growth or the option of freelancing or being self-employed.

The appointments are typically 30 minutes long, confidential, one-to-one sessions between yourself and an experienced adviser. The types of issues which might be covered in a session include:

  • Discussing your business idea and the inspiration behind it
  • The process of starting a business, becoming a freelancer or self-employed
  • Exploring the key factors you need to consider with your idea
  • Talking about the research you have already conducted 
  • Exploring the different types of business structures
  • Discussing ways of funding your business
  • Looking into areas where you are less confident in your skills and providing strategies to build your confidence
  • Reviewing your journey so far and what your next steps may look like
  • Other support available at DMU

The structure and content of a session may depend on what your needs are and how far along in your journey you are, typically the business adviser will offer:

  • Impartial, client centered and non-judgmental guidance
  • Support in prioritizing actions
  • Accurate and up to date information
  • Alternative sources of information and specialized help where appropriate

A business support session will not include:

  • Telling you what is best for you – the decisions need to be yours.
  • Reading and reviewing a business plan
  • Providing industry or DMU faculty specific contacts
  • Seeking additional resource on your behalf
  • Registering your business with HMRC or Companies House
  • Completing your tax returns
  • Checking and reviewing your accounts
  • Advice on the Start-Up Visa process

For information on how to book an appointment, please contact or 0116 207 8924

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How to book

To book an appointment, please visit the 1-2-1 support section at MyGateway.

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