Sally says free business training and one-to-one support was The Bea’s Teas

8 August 2016

Two Councils are urging local people to book onto a series of free business support workshops after the latest dates were announced.

Sally Neville is the first to admit that she didn’t know where to begin with starting up a business. She is now the proud owner of The Bea’s Teas, offering bespoke afternoon tea party catering and everything associated with it, such as full afternoon teas, cream teas, cakes, desserts, vintage crockery, linen, glass and cutlery hire.

The Bea’s Teas has enjoyed a busy few months. Catering for 75 members of the Saudi Royal family and their friends and associates, including HRH Duke of Cambridge, has been Sally’s highlight to date. She now relishes being her own boss and anticipates that soon she will need to employ staff to assist her as The Bea’s Teas goes from strength to strength.

So what made the difference? Sally, from South Cambridgeshire, attended some business support workshops earlier in 2016 and is full of praise for the knowledge and advice she received. “The workshops were brilliant and the information given was invaluable.”

Sally enthuses. “My business has gone from strength to strength and I can 100% relate that to attending the courses. I would recommend them to anyone starting or growing their businesses.”

Funded by South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire District Councils and in partnership with Nwes, the UK’s largest not-for-profit Enterprise Agency, the South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire work programme launched in January and has already supported 60 local businesses and residents looking to start a business. They are now reaching out to others to continue its success.

Cllr Peter Topping, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "These free workshops have been a huge success so far this year and I would urge any local business to think now about booking on one of the latest dates that have been announced. The sessions cover a range of topics and there really is something to support all businesses.
"We have previously run really successful workshop programmes but by working with Huntingdonshire District Council on this occasion we have been able to give people more options on the sessions they attend and the topics they find out more about."

From developing a business plan to detailing what was required to make her business legal, the business support workshops covered everything Sally needed to get started. She has not looked back and is now encouraging other fledgling businesses and those with aspirations to be their own boss to take advantage of the new round of workshops when they are held in South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire during September and October.

New dates for the programme, which provides both training workshops and one-to-one advice sessions, have now been released. Businesses based in South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire are being urged to book their place on free workshops and to make use of the free post-workshop advice sessions to help their businesses to grow and thrive.

Taking place in St Neots, Cambourne, Huntingdon and Melbourn, there will be eight workshops in key business subjects such as finance, winning and retaining customers, business planning and digital marketing. All workshop attendees will also be able to access one-to-one business advice from Nwes Business Advisors, to help implement the learning from the workshops and discuss their businesses specifically.

Suzy Willett Nwes Business Trainer said “These workshops have been developed by the local authorities and Nwes in recognition that small business owners, whether established or as a start-up, need additional support. These free to attend, half day sessions allow the participants to learn, refresh and network.”

For Sally and The Bea’s Teas it wasn’t just the workshops that were beneficial. “The inclusion of one-to-one follow up appointments with experienced business advisors means that this full package can really encourage business owners to think differently about growing and steering their business in the right direction.”

The Bea's Teas is now very much up and running. Sally says she hit the ground sprinting and she is very excited about what the future holds.

To book a free place or to find out more about the Business Workshop programme and advice sessions please contact Nwes on 0845 6099991, or visit