Road Map For Business Development

Mothers Against Violence have supported the rehabilitation of many offenders within the prison service. We are committed to developing rehabilitation for n those who our serving sentences at Her Majesty Pleasure. For over a decade we have had a commitment to victims of crime. Many of those victims want the criminal justice system to ensure justice is being served, and those criminals who have served their time return to communities reformed and able to live as law abiding citizens, contributing in a positive way to society.

Professor Tom Schuller, and commissioned by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) states; “All citizens should have access to develop their capabilities in four key areas: digital, health, financial and civic” and there should be a guaranteed “access to the citizen’s curriculum”.

Mothers Against Violence have a commitment to working with Prisons Services to ensure those leaving prison have every opportunity to change offending behaviours. We are keen to reduce the rate of re-offending in our communities. Road Map for Business Development  is a programme used with ex-offenders to provide support in developing their knowledge of business and employment.

Road Map for Business Development  provides a training which covers all major aspects of establishing a business. It offer an opportunity to gain an understanding of business development and provide support, encouragement, opportunity and training for ex-offenders and those preparing for release. The programme will soon be used with Youth Offending Teams (YOT) as a preventative intervention. We will also include in the programme those less fortunate in our community, who have never had the opportunity to go into business and would like to develop their skills.


The course material is designed to help identify and clarify the reasons why a student wishes to start a new business venture. It will be of assistance in identifying a potential business idea. It is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the skills and abilities that are required to establish and organise a business. The main aims are:

  • To understand the requirements for establishing a business
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop academic skills in Business Studies appropriate for a range of progression options.
  • To enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the subject area
  • To encourage the learner to apply theoretical understanding and evaluation to complex content
  • To enable students to apply a range of transferable skills to subject related topics, issues and situations.
  • To provide students with a working knowledge of how to establish and develop skills that will be required to develop a business
  • To facilitate and foster the development of a range of presentation skills relevant and appropriate to the discipline level of running a business.
  • To provide guidance for financing and raising capital for a business 
  • To provide support and encouragement to students


  • The development of key skills in an effective and academic context for the purposes of personal development and progression.
  • An appreciation of the value and problems of interpretation of core concepts in Business Studies, together with related and relevant practices, methodologies and theories.
  • An understanding of the core concepts within Business Studies in different situations and contexts
  • Ability for students to apply their experience, knowledge and understanding, and skills to a range of course-related topics.
  • An ability to apply presentation skills appropriate to the discipline, level of study and delivery method of their business plan.
  • Development of transferable evaluative and analytical skills relevant to Business Studies.
  • An understanding of business in today’s market place along with all of its facets.

On completion of the course the student will be able to identify their own strengths, weaknesses and any special training needs. The training will also help the student identify the resources needed to commence a business and decide on the appropriate name and legal structure.

For more information on the course please contact Carl Montlake on:

Phone No. 0161 226 8134

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