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Business skills for life.  


In October Watford Borough Council funded an inspirational, FREE online business skills programme, delivered by The Rebel Business School. The most popular on-demand video content is now available to watch free of charge for anyone in Watford looking to start their own business or have recently started and need support to get going or to grow the business to the next level:

Do you have too many business ideas floating around your head and struggling to pick which one to go for?

How to Choose The Right Idea is made for you.


Have you got your idea chosen but need a helping hand to make progress and get moving?

Getting Unstuck will help get you on the right track.


If you don’t have an online presence, you’re missing out on customers and opportunities.

Our Getting Online video will show you how you can be online today and without spending any money.


All of these videos are available for free for a limited time for Watford residents.

To learn more and get started go to


Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme of fully funded training courses to help small and medium-sized businesses progress through upskilling employees. The programme provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.


Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy.  SSR is a tailored service to meet your needs, offering a wide range of training support.  A dedicated Partnership Coordinator will work with you to identify the best sources of support and training to help you achieve your goals.

For Employers:  If you are facing an organisational restructure or the prospect of making hard decisions about staff redundancy, there is funded support available to you. 

The SSR programme will ensure that your employees get access to bespoke training and careers guidance, and support them to find suitable employment.


Herts Opportunities Portal (HOP), powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, provides students, residents and employers wishing to upskill the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.  HOP is the go-to portal for job opportunities, skills training and apprenticeships information and a beacon of excellence across the country.

HOP enables:

  • Residents to access the information they need to make informed decisions on career path options including Further Education, Higher Education, professional qualifications, work experience and job opportunities

  • Employers to reach and recruit their future talent and upskill and provide progression opportunities for existing staff

  • Training providers to tailor the local offer in order to meet current and future business needs.

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