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My Business Partner programme

posted 6 May 2015, 08:24 by

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new programme of workshops, mentoring and business grants.

Through the programme we’d like to work closely with you to make sure you can talk regularly with a business professional to discuss the issues that matter to your business. But more than talking with you, our advisers will be undertaking practical work to find answers and solutions and progress your plans.  


Participation in workshops and mentoring sessions will entitled you to put forward your business proposal for an award consisting of a first prize of £1,000 and a second prize of £500.


The first series of workshops starts on 18th June and will be followed by two other sessions, as outlined below. Sessions will start at 6pm to make it possible for people with busy schedules to participate.


WORKSHOP 1 – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT; Thu 18 June, 6-9pm - The session’s designed to promote a better understanding of the financial aspects of running a business. Using plain language we will discuss what can make your business more profitable, including controlling costs, gaining efficiency and better pricing. We will also look at the different tax allowances and incentives that might help you pay less tax and attract investment.


WORKSHOP 2 – MARKETING; Thu 25 June, 6-9pm - An opportunity to look more critically at what you offer and how you could make your services or products more appealing. The session will also focus on gaining an insight into customers’ backgrounds and preferences and on how to use this information to create messages that grab their attention. We’ll discuss what marketing activities might make more sense for you and also what mistakes to avoid.

WORKSHOP 3 – FUNDRAISING; Thu 2 July, 6-9pm - In this session we will discuss different funding sources and what will lenders, investors or grant giving bodies be looking for when presented with a business proposal. Within this we will also discuss whether your plan is presenting a business case or story that is credible and makes sense commercially; how strong is your service offer; in which way your services match customers’ needs; what actions are you proposing to secure the first sales. We will also look at whether your forecast is truly reflecting what you have written in the narrative part of your business plan.

To book send email to

Participants will receive business information, including booklets, handouts and computer based planning tools to take home.

This 3-workshop programme will be repeated in October 2015, February 2016 and June 2016