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Free advice sessions for new and growing businesses

Would you like FREE advice and support to help start a new business?

Do you own or manage an existing business and think you’d benefit from advice and support to help it to grow?

If so, you could attend free one-to-one drop-in advice sessions and free practical workshops at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices in Cambourne, all designed to help to increase your chance of business success.

The advice and support will be provided by experts from Nwes, the UK’s largest not-for-profit enterprise agency.

Just pick your preferred support option from the list below and follow the links to sign up. If you would prefer to talk with someone in advance, telephone links are also provided under the headings below. 

These are an opportunity for residents looking to start their own businesses to speak to David Scates, a business adviser with Nwes. Sessions will last for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

The drop-in sessions will be held on the first and third Monday of every month at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA from Monday 4 June 2018.

Following the initial session, it may also be possible to enrol on a further programme of support which includes one-to-one advice sessions, workshops and networking events.

To book your place on a forthcoming drop-in session, please complete our online form, email David direct david.scates@nwes.org.uk or call 0845 6099 991.

These drop-in sessions present an opportunity for a one-to-one with David Scates, a business adviser with Nwes for the owners of small businesses who are looking for advice and support. Sessions will last for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

The drop-in sessions will be held on the first and third Monday of every month at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA from Monday 4 June 2018.

Following the initial session, it may also be possible to enrol on a further programme of support which includes one-to-one advice sessions, workshops and networking events.

To book onto one of the drop-in sessions please complete our online form, email David direct david.scates@nwes.org.uk or call 0845 6099 991.

‘First steps to start-up’ is a workshop for local residents who are considering new business ideas. The experienced Nwes trainers will guide you through all the foundations stages of starting a business. Both days run from 9:30am to 4pm with an hour long lunch break.

Day 1 | Monday 10 September 2018 or Wednesday 24 October 2018 | The Key Areas in How to Start A Business

Day 1 will cover all the start-up essentials, including:

  • How to assess business viability
  • Calculating your start-up costs and personal 'survival' budget
  • Small business funding
  • How to register with HMRC
  • Different types of business structure
  • The legal side of naming your business
  • How to undertake market research
  • How to write a business plan

Day 2 | Tuesday 11 September 2018 or Thursday 25 October 2018 | Learn how to plan and present your financial forecasts

Work on your own business projections, utilising the spreadsheet template provided. With full assistance and support from the Nwes trainers, the integrated spreadsheet can be tailored to your business to produce:

  • Personal budgets
  • Start-up costs
  • Sales forecast
  • Cash flow forecast
  • Profit and loss forecast

All of the above can be created in a professional way that gives both your business and any third parties, such as banks or investors, a clear understanding of your projections.

Sign up for these workshops by visiting the Nwes website

If you have any queries, simply speak to the Nwes team on 0845 6099 991.

The ‘Growing your Business’ workshop is aimed at business owners, senior managers or aspiring managers who will have responsibility for expanding a business, organisation or department. The programme consists of practical and tutored sessions during which delegates will learn several techniques and methods to improve their ability to plan, manage and maximize opportunities to develop profitable and effective growth. Both days run from 9:30am to 4pm with an hour lunch break.

Day 1| Monday 15 October 2018

  • How to identify individual learning styles to ensure better understanding throughout your department or organisation
  • Simple techniques and ideas to develop strategic growth and why this is necessary
  • Disruption and innovation
  • How to identify and develop your competitive advantage
  • What to expect when you introduce change and how to deal with it

Day 2| Tuesday 16 October 2018

  • How to build effective teams
  • The differences between leadership and management
  • How to create and maintain effective communication
  • Practical techniques and methods to solve problems
  • Scenario based simulation

Sign up for this workshop on the Nwes website.

If you have any queries, simply speak to the Nwes team on 0845 6099 991.

Day 1| Friday 21 September 2018 or Friday 2 November 2018 (morning)

Perfect for start-ups and for individuals thinking about starting up in business, this free half day course provides a clear insight into the main methods of marketing your business.

Areas covered include:

  • How to develop your brand/logo
  • Producing quality and engaging promotional materials
  • An introduction to maximising your website presence (search engine optimisation)
  • Social media for business
  • How to engage with the Press to promote your business
  • Developing a Marketing Plan

Sign-up for these workshops by visiting this part of the Nwes website.

If you have any queries, simply speak to the Nwes team by calling 0845 6099 991.

Day 1| Friday 21 September 2018 or Friday 2 November 2018 (afternoon)

Perfect for start-ups and for individuals thinking about starting up in business, this free half day course provides a comprehensive guide to the day-to-day monitoring of your business, ensuring you maintain full financial control.

Areas covered include;

  • HMRC’s mandatory requirements
  • Bookkeeping options available, including a simple Spreadsheet system
  • Maintaining an Asset Register
  • Recording VAT
  • The length of time records need to be kept
  • Practical day to day tips on record keeping

Sign-up for these workshops by visiting this part of the Nwes website.

If you have any queries, simply speak to the Nwes team by calling 0845 6099 991.

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