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Cow-Shed help your new business succeed

Turn your idea into a profitable business

In just 5 days learn how to set up a business that creates value for your customers and generates sustainable profits for you.

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Intensive 5-day course

You'll learn the essential business, financial and marketing skills so that you can set up your business for success - in just five days

Website included

We work with you to create your website and put it live so your target customers can find you right from the start

Personalised 1:1 support

We offer bespoke 1:1 support for your business, customised to focus on the areas where you need help

Ongoing Mentoring

At the end of the week, we don't just walk away and leave you to it. We are here for you to answer questions and discuss ideas to help your business thrive

How it works

Partner with Cow-Shed for 5 days to get your business up and running

Design your business to generate profits

Analyse your business idea and produce a business model using a methodology based on Lean Canvas. We'll review your product or service and create a plan to show how your business will deliver value to your customers and generate profits. 

Create a financial model

Understand your business's profits, cash flow and investment

Use your business model to create financial projections so that you can see what investment is required to start your business and what profits you can expect. Cash flow is critical especially at the start, so we'll show you how to track and manage your business's cash.

Market to the right customers

Learn how to use marketing to supercharge your business

Work out who your target customers are and develop a strategy to attract them. We'll look at your key messages and how you reach your customers to ensure that your business achieves its sales targets.

Design your website and social media

Communicate, educate, share and connect

It’s not enough to drive people to your website - you need to capture their attention and convert them into paying customers. We'll work with you to create a compelling website supported by an effective social media presence

Step 5

Launch your Business

Start winning business and earning profits

Launch your business to your customers knowing that your website and social media, marketing, finances and reporting are all set up to get your business off to a great start. Track your progress using a reporting dashboard.


Here’s what it will cost to start and grow your business with Cow-Shed


£450 GBP


from £1000 GBP


£4750 GBP


from £400 GBP

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About Cow-Shed

Cow-Shed specialise in working with startups to create business and financial models and marketing strategies that will enable strong growth and deliver sustainable profits. We base our approach on lean startup methodology, starting with the Lean Canvas as the foundation for the financial model and marketing strategy.

In addition to working with startups in the UK and US, we’ve worked on setting up new operations for major global investment banks in the UK, US, Asia and India.

Cow-Shed's founders will be your course leaders and will provide ongoing support and guidance to help your business go from strength to strength.

Cow-Shed Guildford based Startup Support
Portrait photo of co-founder JohnnyCow-Shed co-founder supports startups and small businesses

John specialises in the business and financial elements of the start-up course and providing financial analysis including profitability, cash flow, investment return and financing options to help your business generate sustainable profits. A qualified chartered accountant and treasurer with many years of experience working with firms of difference sizes and sectors.

Portrait photo of co-founder EmmaCow-Shed co-founder supports startups and small businesses

Emma leads the marketing, website and social media aspects of the programme, drawing on experience as a management consultant, project manager and web designer to set your business up for success and to fine-tune your online strategy as your business evolves.

Cow-Shed Clients

Cow-Shed has worked with many startups and small businesses over the last 15 years.

Frequently asked questions

Does the intensive course have to be done in a week?

We recommend taking the 5-day intensive start up course during one week if you want to start your business straight away. If you are planning to set up your business over a longer timeframe (perhaps alongside your current career), we can spread the course out over a longer timeframe. We're happy to discuss options to fit in with your commitments and requirements.

Can I sign up for just the website?

The course includes the design and go-live of your business's website. Each of the course modules contributes to the process of designing, building and launching your website. We also design and build websites for clients separately - if this is what you need please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

What support do you provide after the course?

You'll probably have questions after the course, particuarly in the early days following your the launch of your business. We're on hand to help with your queries and can also provide support if there are specific areas that you need help with, as part of our personalised 1:1 offering. We inlcude one month of business mentoring in the course package, which can be extended at our usual rate.

Have more questions?

Just reach out, we’re always around to answer any questions.

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