These workshops are designed to help you start a business in just 12 hours!

business for beginners

Business for Beginners

Whether you’re planning to go self-employed full-time, start a portfolio career, or want to move from full-time work into self-employment, this workshop is the place to start. This workshop is aimed at people with an idea to generate income, who want to see their options.

We take you through whether your business idea is worth pursuing, looking at areas such as:

  • Whether there is a market demand
  • If you’ll make any money
  • How to think like an entrepreneur
  • Finding manufacturers
  • Deciding your USP
  • Bagging your first customer


This workshop was previously called Structuring Your Business.

Many people worry that they will do something wrong when they start a business, but it’s not as risky as you might think. There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you do the right things for you, whether that’s as a freelancer, LTD company, social enterprise or other type of set-up. The content of this workshop can also be applied to voluntary projects and community interest groups.

If you’re worried about ‘what you don’t know’, this workshop will help you form a checklist, covering areas such as:

  • How to register your business
  • What type of business to choose
  • Which insurance you need
  • Tax, VAT and NI
  • Intellectual property
  • Consumer rights
  • Renting workspace
  • Common health and safety concerns
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essential guide to marketing

Essential Guide to Marketing

Marketing is all about observing behaviour and trends, analysing the situation and creating content that encourages consumers to buy from you. Taking the time to plan your activity before diving in can help you accelerate quickly and make less mistakes.

This workshop helps you plan your marketing activity and should be done before starting content creation.

Jackie Harris of Bright Spark Marketing will help you with the following:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Positioning yourself
  • Building an online presence
  • Networking
  • Advertising
  • Local promotions
  • Creating a marketing plan

Understanding Business Finance

Knowing what you’re worth and what others are willing to pay can be a tricky business. We often underestimate ourselves. It’s important to know what income to expect, especially when bid writing. There are different pricing strategies that can be applied to your product or service to ensure you’re providing a fair deal and can still pay the bills.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who has to report on finances, whether a business, social enterprise or voluntary project. Join for more info on the following:

  • Understanding financial jargon
  • Finances for a business plan
  • Profit and loss calculations
  • Choosing a price
  • Cash flow forecasts
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bookkeeping for beginners

Bookkeeping for Beginners

Once you’re trading, you’ll need to keep track of your income and outgoings. This isn’t just for your own piece of mind but is important for insurance and tax reasons.

This workshop is ideal if you’re about to start a business or are within your first year of trading. We’ll cover:

  • Keeping good records
  • Free cashflow worksheet
  • Handling expenses
  • Making sure you don’t go broke
  • Reporting for self-assessment

Sales & Negotiation

There are many circumstances that require negotiation within business, whether discussing a higher salary, lowering material costs, bidding on new contracts or even devising the company’s strategy moving forward. You might not want to do it, but with a few techniques up your sleeve, it can be a painless experience.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who ‘hates selling’ and includes:

  • Understanding others’ motivations
  • Using persuasive language
  • Getting the best outcome for everyone
  • The 5 points of selling
  • Creating interest
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