Business Start-Up Training

Starting a new business involves many challenges. At Maybe, we offer a variety of courses to give you the skills you need to become self-employed and successfully run your own small business.

Alongside our training courses, we offer advice and great-value business services to people seeking to become self-employed.

If you are starting a small business, we can create your logo, design and print your business cards, write your marketing copy and build you an online platform.

Visit our Business Services website to learn more.

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Work Experience with Maybe

Personal Development and Mentoring – The Road to Success

Work with our media team to design future issues of Maybe Magazine, enhance your CV and get vital work experience. Grow your skills and knowledge in media and retail, build confidence and increase your chances of securing a job.

What will you gain from work experience with Maybe?

  • Personal development training including presentation skills, goal setting, team working, problem solving, time-keeping, motivation and confidence building.
  • Work placements with Maybe Magazine to learn and practise media skills and work skills including planning, researching, writing, interviewing, photographing and graphic design.
  • Technical skills training including Adobe InDesign/Photoshop, online marketing tools including social media and Mailchimp, online publishing tools including Apple News and Calameo.
  • Retail Skills training including customer service, merchandising and consumer law.
  • Valuable skills in media, employability, retail and business administration.
  • Be credited in Maybe Magazine for your contributions to its production.
  • Identify job opportunities, prepare for interviews and gain a strong reference.

How does it work?

The programme runs 10.00am-5.00pm, flexibly on a number of days between February and June 2017 at our offices in Bletchley Park and Aylesbury.

The cost is free for unemployed people.

Initial interviews are being held until 1st June.

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Marketing Apprenticeships

Are you aged 16-24 and looking for work, or to change your career?

Want to gain leading edge skills in marketing?

Maybe’s Marketing Apprenticeship Programme runs five days a week, over a 12 month period.

  • Develop market research skills and help develop and implement marketing campaigns.
  • Plan and post digital content and interpret analytics.
  • Help develop Social Media strategy, grow networks, post effective content and analyse results.
  • Support sales activity and help manage customer relationships by telephone, email and social media.
  • Achieve Level 3 qualifications in Marketing.

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The Last of the Many

Buckinghamshire can be proud of its contribution to the WWII effort in so many ways: food and military equipment production, the secret war waged at some of Buckinghamshire’s stately homes, military bases including Bomber Command and military units such as the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.

Most significantly, as far as this article is concerned, Buckinghamshire produced the iconic Hawker Hurricane at Langley near Slough (now part of Berkshire).

Read more of this article in The Secret County: Buckinghamshire Reflects on WW2

Defending Bletchley

Buried deep in the secret archives of the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), was a map that shows a different perspective of the Bletchley Park story to those reported and dramatised in books, films and documentaries.

The map shows cycle and foot routes, that members of the workforce at Bletchley Park would have patrolled when on duty with Bletchley Park’s dedicated Home Guard unit. Alan Turing himself trained to be a member of the Home Guard so he could learn to fire a rifle, but then was not required to conduct any duties as, according to some sources, he intentionally filled in the paper work incorrectly.

Read more of this article in The Secret County: Buckinghamshire Reflects on WW2

Latimer House: Listening to the Enemy

Latimer House is in a beautiful setting, clearly visible on the top of a hill from the Chesham to Rickmansworth road. It was the ancestral home of Lord Chesham. However, the Government requisitioned it shortly before the war and converted it into an emergency hospital specifically for the Metropolitan Police.

It was envisaged that the expected air raids would cause large scale casualties, not only to civilians, but also on-duty police. Despite the horrors of the ‘Blitz’, it was very much underutilised. However, as the War Department began to realise that its location and layout would be ideal for other uses, they increased their take-over from part of the house to all of it and the extensive estate.

Lord Chesham had no choice other than to move out and he purchased the village rectory. Little did he know that neither he nor his family would live in Latimer House again.

Read more of this article in The Secret County: Buckinghamshire Reflects on WW2

Buckinghamshire’s Dambuster

When we think of war graves, images come to mind of headstones arrayed in the foreign fields of Flanders, spread throughout Europe or the desert sands of North Africa to the hillsides of Burma’s ‘Green Hill’. The oceans have their own poignancy, enfolding thousands of sailors, asleep in the deep.

The well-ordered cemeteries evoke the essence of sacrifice and provide a focal point for pilgrimage to honor the fallen. And yet, in the quiet villages and bustling towns and cities of Britain, can be found occasional white headstones, singly or in small groups, marking the passing of a serviceman or woman, often from the local community.

One such headstone can be found in St. Michael & All Angels Church, Halton Village, near Wendover. It bears the name of Group Captain Ivan Whittaker OBE DFC and Bar.

Read more of this article in The Secret County: Buckinghamshire Reflects on WW2

DVDs for Autumn 2016

Our film critic Anthony Lowery looks at some of the most exciting DVDs released this autumn. You’ve seen them at the cinema; now sit back and enjoy them at home!

Captain America: Civil War

Coming out on DVD 13th September
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There’s much to be overzealous about here as not only does Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man clash with Chris Evans’ Captain America, but it’s also home to Tom Holland’s debut as Spider-Man.

As a way to heighten superhero accountability when catastrophes occur, the government introduces the Superhuman Registration Act, which consequently divides the featured characters.

The film is helmed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Winter Soldier), who will also tackle the next two Avengers installments. With its extravagant scope and exciting supporting cast (including Martin Freeman and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man), this already feels like an Avengers movie.


Coming out on DVD 27th September
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Warcraft was one of few videogame adaptations to hit our screens in 2016. Perhaps the antidote to Middle-earth withdrawals, this fantasy epic sees humans spar with orcs in the realm of Azeroth.

The adventure naturally appeals to Tolkien’s fanbase, but with talent like Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper starring, and with towering visual effects, it has the potential to attract an even larger audience and spawn yet another franchise.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Coming out on DVD 4th October
A still from the film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Here’s the culmination of the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class.

Bryan Singer remains in seat after his initial return to the franchise in Days Of Future Past and now, the X-Men face off against En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse, the very first mutant and quite possibly the most powerful. This doesn’t mean that Magneto will be taking a sabbatical from villainy though, as he’s recruited as one of the four Horsemen ordered to protect Apocalypse.

Overnight sensation Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) plays the title role and Channing Tatum’s Gambit makes his debut.


Coming out on DVD 11th October
A still from the film Ghostbusters (2016)

Director Paul Fieg reunites with Bridesmaids’ cast Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as he follows the trend of digging up treasured franchises.

The semi-controversial reboot features comedy-centric female leads, mixing things up in a way that’s consistent with Hollywood’s current addiction to diversity.

Co-starring Chris Hemsworth and with cameos from the original company, this humorous sci-fi will likely spark a trilogy.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Coming out on DVD 18th October
A still from the film Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
2016’s flagship blockbuster positions the original cast alongside newcomers Liam Hemsworth and William Fichtner. Due to budgetary constraints, Will Smith’s Col. Hiller does not appear and instead has been killed off, survived by his son, Dylan.

Twenty years after the events of Independence Day, an unprecedented alien force advances on planet Earth and it’s up to a select few (with their adapted alien technology) to claw the world back from the edge of extinction.

Watch this movie for its Star Wars-esque space battles, groundbreaking visual effects and the wit of its predecessor.

The Red Planet

This year, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter was launched to discover if there is life on Mars. What will they find? In anticipation of the Oribiter’s arrival in October (and the article in Maybe’s upcoming print issue), here are some facts about the Red Planet.

As the fourth planet in the solar system, Mars has a longer year than Earth, taking 687 days to orbit the sun. Interestingly, its days are only 40 minutes longer than ours, but if humans ever get to set foot on Mars, they are unlikely to feel at home there.

Mars is a perishingly cold, dry, barren planet with a thin atmosphere that is 95% carbon dioxide, meaning that we would find the air impossible to breathe. Its distinctive reddish colour is caused by the rust that covers its surface. By day the sky is also red, while the sunsets are blue – an extraordinary sight that was captured on the camera of NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

If you stood on the dusty plains of Mars and looked into the night sky, you would see two moons: Phobos and Deimos. Scientists believe that within the next 20-40 million years, Phobos will be torn apart by gravitational forces, leaving a ring like the rings of Saturn.

Although Mars is the second smallest planet in the solar system, it is home to its tallest mountain: Olympus Mons, a volcano three times higher than Everest. The lava flows around it are so recent that scientists think it may still be active.

The elliptical orbit of Mars results in extreme seasonal change. Its dust storms are the largest in the solar system, sometimes lasting for months and engulfing the entire planet.

The average temperature of Mars is a freezing -60 degrees C, but this plunges to -125 degrees C during winter at the poles (the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 degrees C in Antarctica 1983). Although there is plenty of water on Mars, it is frozen solid.

Clearly, Mars is not a hospitable place. Is it possible that we could settle there? So far, human colonies on Mars remain in the realm of science fiction, but missions like the one launched this year will help us understand more about this intriguing world.

Louisa Watson