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Business Start Up

A one and a half day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research.

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Social Media- Basics

This course introduces delegates to social media for business and explains how it fits in with their overall marketing strategy.



This workshop aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage your finances and comply with regulatory and legal requirements through a relevant…


Record Keeping

Manage your finances and continue to plan your business, including which records you need to keep to comply with the law. Develop an action plan to introduce and/or…


Do You Want to be Your Own Boss?

The workshop is designed for individuals who are considering whether self- employment is a relevant option for their own personal and professional needs and ambitions.



How to Create a Targeted Sales and Marketing List


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Prepare a business plan for growth

Every successful business regularly reviews its business plan to ensure it continues to meet its needs and responds to variations in the market, the economy and customer base.


Write a marketing plan

Writing a marketing plan helps you decide which customers to target and how to reach them. A marketing plan includes factors such as: deciding which customers to target; how to reach them and how to win their business.


Help and support available for your start up

If you run a start-up business as an entrepreneur, you may be able to get extra support if you’re a woman, over 50, disabled, from a minority ethnic group, young or on a low income.


Becoming an employer

Taking on staff is an essential for the growth of most businesses. Even if you’ve had people working for you before, there have been some important changes for employers in recent years. So this article will give you a basic overview on the right way to become an employer. 


EU trading

While trading with the EU can initially seem a little daunting, the single market actually makes EU trade straightforward. There are a few things you need to know about though, such as the VAT implications, EC sales lists and intrastats.


Exporting goods

For Customs purposes, an export is defined as moving goods to ‘third countries’ – meaning any country outside the European Union (EU).


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Need advice on USPs?

USPs (Unique Selling Points/Propositions) explained, as well as how to identify yours.

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Need advice on using Twitter?

Provided you work at it, Twitter can be a powerful business tool, especially if you follow our top tips.

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Need advice on social media?

Tips on using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and some of the other free online applications for business.

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Need advice on organising events?

With so much to think about, it pays to follow our top tips on how to organise a successful business event.

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Need advice on Google Analytics?

Using Google Analytics to discover what works and what doesn’t about your online presence. 

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Need some advice on training?

It pays to invest in training, even when times are tough.

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