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Starting a new business or social enterprise is challenging. Making the decision to become self-employed ins’t an easy one and we often scare ourselves out of it. With access to the best services, workspace and support, you can ensure that your big idea gets off to the best possible start.

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Join us for one of our upcoming Masterclasses. Part of the South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP), these sessions have been designed to address common areas of concern within start-up businesses and social enterprises, as well as providing all attendees with networking opportunities.

Our masterclass subjects are;

Become your own boss;
This masterclass looks at helping you establish if self-employment is for you and introduces you to the key steps you need to take towards running your own business. We also cover the basic elements of researching an idea, through to business planning and finance. The masterclasses finishes with marketing and provides an insight into the ‘Enterprising Mindset’, there will be networking opportunities throughout the morning.

Planning and registering your business;
Starting your business but not sure what legal structure is right for you or whether you should be a sole trader or limited company? This interactive, tailored session covers everything you need to know about what you should register as, how to register and existing legal structures.

GDPR for Start-ups;
You need to ensure that your business is ready to comply with GDPR Law, otherwise you could be at risk of a penalty fine. Don’t put yourself or your business at risk; come along to our half-day workshop to find out what the General Data Protection Regulations are, and to make your own plan for what you need to do.

Business Plan Masterclass
Your business plan is a mission statement that sets out your vision, structure, methods, and helps you to plan for the future. This three hour masterclass focuses on what should be included in your plan and why, covering areas such as how to fit a marketing  strategy  into your business plan, what  financial details should be included  and how to identify your businesses opportunities.

Marketing;
The single most important thing to do when starting a business is “Find Your Customer”. How do you do that? Effective marketing. This three hour masterclass has been designed to take you step by step through the core elements you need to successfully market your new business.

Establishing and Online Brand;
Often one of the most challenging tasks for new businesses is creating and establishing a successful and sustainable online brand, and ensuring it gains traction with potential customers. This can often mean the difference between success and failure, given that the web is the medium through which we do most of our business.

Become finance ready;
No matter how great a business is, it’s not going to get anywhere without one very important thing; money. This three hour masterclass will focus on what types of funding are available, business planning to secure funding, why you need cash flow forecasts and much more.

Planning for the future of your business;
Starting a business is one thing, but sustaining your business is where most start-up companies struggle; planning is key to making sure your business makes it over the one year hurdle. This master class will focus on organising your business for growth, legal and administrative issues to deal with as you grow, on-going market research, identifying growth opportunities, planning and allocating resources, managing and maintaining customer relations, using targets to implement your business plan and when and how to review your business plan.

Our masterclasses are be presented by…

Paul Smith, one of our most experienced business advisers at the UN Business Support Team, and will include practical tips and guidance.

Barry Kruger of Progressive Digital who has more than 15 years’ experience leading sector-wide digital transformation initiatives.

They are  delivered as part of the South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP). The programme is led by Wenta and delivered in collaboration with its partners University of Northampton and University of Bedfordshire.

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