Category: Free business event

AD:VENTURE Enterprise Course YORK

23 – 25 April 2019 – AD:VENTURE Enterprise Course YORK

If you’re aged 18 to 30 and live in the UK, then The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme might be for you.

AD:VENTURE has been helping start-ups and young businesses, within the Leeds City Region and that are in the first three years of trading, for since 2016. We have partnered with The Trust to expand our reach and support even more young people.

So, how does it work?

Kicking off with a free information session, The Trust’s and AD:VENTURE’s Enterprise programme will explore how you can be your own boss and will tell you how we can support you. And, if you’re still keen, we’ll also invite you onto a three-day interactive workshop.

You’ll get to meet other like-minded people and will have the chance to tap into a business expert, who covers everything from business planning and marketing, to sales, budgeting and tax.

After this, it’s time to start building your business. We’ll help you to plan and test your ideas, and will give you the opportunity to apply for funding. That way, you’ll be ready to meet our Business Launch Group at the end of the process.

Once you’ve launched your business, we’ll provide you with an experienced business mentor. They will be able to share advice at every step of the way – for up to two years.

If you go on to own a business, you’ll be ready to take advantage of the rest of the support that the Enterprise programme offers. This could mean that you are ready for the coaching stage, or growing stage, and can talk to specialist advisors. You might need access to finance and you’ll be supported through this.

You’ll move through the coaching and growth stages, and will have support on hand to make sure your business reaches its greatest potential.

They say that fortune favours the brave, so start your AD:VENTURE with us and The Trust, today.

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Harrogate – Getting Ready for Business 25 September

Getting Ready for Business – Harrogate

This is a first step for anybody considering starting up their own business.

We will cover the basics that you should understand before taking those first steps and for those that have recently started a chance to reflect on whether you have covered everything.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What’s involved in starting your own business
  • Marketing – including who are your customers and competitors?
  • Legal trading styles – which is right for you?
  • What to consider when deciding upon your business name
  • Tax and National Insurance
  • Do you need Insurance or a licence to trade?
  • The Business Plan – it doesn’t have to be that complicated!
  • The numbers – we consider pricing, start-up costs and most importantly cash flow.

Please BOOK HERE 

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The AD:VENTURE programme is supported by the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund.

Harrogate – Getting Ready for Business 10 July

Getting Ready for Business – Harrogate

This is a first step for anybody considering starting up their own business.

We will cover the basics that you should understand before taking those first steps and for those that have recently started a chance to reflect on whether you have covered everything.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What’s involved in starting your own business
  • Marketing – including who are your customers and competitors?
  • Legal trading styles – which is right for you?
  • What to consider when deciding upon your business name
  • Tax and National Insurance
  • Do you need Insurance or a licence to trade?
  • The Business Plan – it doesn’t have to be that complicated!
  • The numbers – we consider pricing, start-up costs and most importantly cash flow.

Please BOOK HERE 

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The AD:VENTURE programme is supported by the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund.

Harrogate – Getting Ready for Business 21 May

Getting Ready for Business – Harrogate

This is a first step for anybody considering starting up their own business.

We will cover the basics that you should understand before taking those first steps and for those that have recently started a chance to reflect on whether you have covered everything.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What’s involved in starting your own business
  • Marketing – including who are your customers and competitors?
  • Legal trading styles – which is right for you?
  • What to consider when deciding upon your business name
  • Tax and National Insurance
  • Do you need Insurance or a licence to trade?
  • The Business Plan – it doesn’t have to be that complicated!
  • The numbers – we consider pricing, start-up costs and most importantly cash flow.

Please BOOK HERE 

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The AD:VENTURE programme is supported by the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund.

Selling with Confidence

Selling with Confidence

Sales can be difficult and challenging but it’s essential for your business to obtain and retain new customers. We know we have to do it – but how do we approach potential customers, what do we say, how do we close the deal and maintain the relationship.

These ‘sales’ workshops will be practical and accessible. We are not perfecting our double glazing hard sell techniques but how best to ‘sell’ your products, services and ideas. We want to ensure you are instilled with the confidence to make those all-important calls as no-one will be able to ‘sell’ your products/services better than you.

The two-part workshop will cover the basic sales principles and tips. We will help you identify who you should be calling and the best approach to prospecting for new business. How to prepare in advance, calling techniques, handling objections, qualifying, closing and managing the ongoing customer relationship. We will provide templates that you can use to capture client data and scripts you can adapt.

Before you make ‘that’ first call we will help you develop an approach that will give you more confidence to effectively position and sell your products.

Once you have had the phone call and the client/customer has shown an interest – what do you do next? How do you follow up and keep track of who you have spoken to and what did you promise to do? We will provide you with some simple examples of how to track your progress with each client and a live client pipeline.

How then do you progress the relationship, if you are meeting them what do you need to prepare, what outcome do you want from the meeting? How do you manage the relationship going forward?

Looking to develop your resilience strategies before your embark on your sales calls then please book on the ‘Enhancing Resilience in Business’ workshop.

What’s Happening?

To ensure this workshop meets your needs we will tailor the content based on your requirements. If you could provide feedback on the sales related topics you want to cover when you register this will help us design the workshop.

Part 1 – Overview of sales techniques and principles

Thursday 9 May

From this workshop you will learn:

– Basic sales principles
– Sales techniques
– Pre-sales preparation
– Customer meetings
– Getting Information to Qualify
– Sales Tips (how to deal with objections)
– Scriptwriting

Part 2 – Perfecting your techniques

Thursday 21st May

In part 2 we will perfect your conversations with your client. We will practice your scripts and receive feedback.

From this workshop you will have learnt:

– How to write and deliver a ‘sales’ script
– Taking on a new client
– Planning
– Meeting Preparation
– Meeting Objectives and Closing Actions

When?

Thursday 9 May 2019, 5.00 – 8.00pm

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 5.00 – 8.00pm

Registration and tea.coffee and biscuits will be available from 5.00pm to start promptly at 5.30pm.

Where?

Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD. Please register in the Andrew Kean Learning Centre, this is the library to the right of the main reception area, the workshop will take place in LC1 42. Parking is free after 4.30pm.

Cost?

The workshop is free to eligible businesses – however, this is a popular event so please can we ask if you can’t attend to let us know in good time so we can tell people on the reserve list and to cater accordingly. Places are limited so please book early.

To register for a place:

Please register for a place if you are a business under three years old with a desire to grow and employ people. Ad:Venture is focussed on supporting new and high-growth businesses. If you are eligible you will be asked to complete a Company Record form before you attend. If you are eligible for the workshop we will contact you to confirm your attendance.

Facilitator

The workshop will be facilitated by Andy Brooks, he has a wealth of experience encompassing a broad range of business development, commercial, sales and technical roles. He has first-hand experience of starting and building businesses from scratch, and was CEO of his own company employing over 25 people for over 10 years. He has recently finished a direct sales role where he was responsible for his own sales targets as well as managing and mentoring a team of sales people. Over the years Andy has developed a range of processes and sales collateral to help develop sharper, smarter sales teams.

In challenging times, a truly competitive edge is the key to success, profitability and sustainable growth. Smaller companies are extremely well placed to respond and react. They are more agile and flexible than their bigger competitors. However, real benefit is gained from access to the very specific skills and insights they need to take advantage of opportunities and act decisively. Andy will help and support you through the sales process during this two-part workshop.

If you have any questions, or for any further information, please contact Louise Miller, Ad:Venture Project Manager at Leeds Trinity University.

Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of Ad:Venture; a business support programme aimed at helping businesses in the Leeds City Region with real growth potential to achieve their ambitions. We are looking to support businesses that have ambitions to grow and create jobs. The project is supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme.

The Huddersfield Business Show AD:VENTURE will be there!

The Huddersfield Business Show returns to John Smith Stadium Huddersfield on the 4 April.

The premier business event in Kirklees and Calderdale delivering:

–  Seminars on key business topics

–  Educate and help develop your business

–  Exhibition of a wide range of local organisations

–  Business networking connecting you with exciting new opportunities and clients

These exhibitions are great opportunities to meet new people, make connections and grow your business.

The event is FREE to attend as a delegate

– The chance to meet and network with over 60 Exhibitors at the event

– Connect with over 400 delegates by using the event app

– Interact with the exhibitors on the interactive floor plan

– Attend any of the 8 seminars completely FREE

– Pre-arrange appointments with any exhibitor or other delegate

– Develop relationships and synergies with other businesses

– Build a supplier network

– And lastly, meet friends and make some new acquaintances

REGISTER HERE

The speaker line up for this event looks fantastic, with a great range of topics essential to any business!!

ANDY WOOD

Access to Funding

DOUGLAS DINWIDDIE

Getting More Out of LinkedIn

Business Breakfast – Social Media for Young Businesses (Halifax)

Social Media for Young Businesses (Halifax)

08.30-09.00 Registration and breakfast
09.00-10.00 Presentations
10.00-10.30 Networking opportunity

The University Business Centre in Halifax with funding from the Adventure Project Invites business working in the Digital sector in Calderdale to join us for a series of monthly breakfast events. These events aim to provide a place for businesses to gain new knowledge and skills and network with other people working in the sector. Our sixth breakfast seminar will focus on social media for young businesses. Sarah Allison will be the guest speaker for this event.

Sarah is a social media trainer, lecturer, and consultant who wants to help you improve your digital skills so you can land your dream job, make more connections or win more business. 

The landscape is changing quickly and so many business owners and professionals feel that they just aren’t ready for it. Perhaps you feel that way?

Sarah will provide tips, advice and practical examples on how best to benefit from the use of social media. She sees it as her job to be constantly learning, keeping up to date with trends and technologies and applying new techniques so she can share them with you in order for you to fast track your journey.

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Am I eligible?

The AD:VENTURE project is aimed at providing support to young and growing businesses with an eligibility focus on:

  • SMEs under 3 years old
  • Based in the Leeds City Region
  • Trading in an eligible sector (this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers e.g. retail and hospitality)
  • Commitment and plans for achieving growth in turnover and creation of jobs

Business Workshop in Bradford – Marketing for Growth

Business Workshop in Bradford – Marketing for Growth

  • Have you just started your business and want to ensure you have the correct marketing strategy in place?

  • Do you struggle to keep on top of all the new digital technologies and platforms, or which you should be focusing on?

  • Do you need a marketing plan that you can take away and implement tomorrow?

Led by digital strategist Jonny Ross from Fleek Marketing (one of Yorkshire Business Insider’s ‘42 under 42’), this 3 hour marketing masterclass gives an overview of all the main marketing channels and social media platforms, explaining how to use them and exploring which ones are best to reach different target audiences.

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Date And Time

Tue, 9 April 2019

09:30 – 12:30 BST

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Location

Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Devere House

Vicar Lane, Little Germany

Bradford

BD1 5AH

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The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The AD:VENTURE programme is supported by the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund.

Social Media Masterclass York

Social Media Masterclass York

Bring along your laptop or device and make some updates to your social media as we work together throughout the day at this one day workshop.

We will also be exploring social advertising in more detail during the day and starting to develop a social media strategy specifically for your business.

Course Outcomes:

  • Create a focused and achievable marketing strategy for your business
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of how to optimise and gain more from LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Google+ and more
  • Achieve results in marketing, advertising and business development by mastering current techniques on social media
  • Learn the shortcuts and tips to improve your social media knowledge and efficiency
  • Learn how to manage a crisis / incident on social media
  • This workshop is being delivered by Janet Bebb from Social Progress.

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There will be a half an hour break during the day. A light lunch will be provided.

Date And Time

Fri, 12 April 2019

10:00 – 16:00 BST

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Location

Innovation Centre

Smart Suite, IT Centre

York Science Park, Innovation Way

Heslington, York

YO10 5DG

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The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The AD:VENTURE programme is supported by the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund.

Social Media for Young Businesses (Halifax)

Business Breakfast – Social Media for Young Businesses (Halifax)

08.30-09.00 Registration and breakfast
09.00-10.00 Presentations
10.00-10.30 Networking opportunity

The University Business Centre in Halifax with funding from the Adventure Project invites business working in the Digital sector in Calderdale to join us for a series of monthly breakfast events. These events aim to provide a place for businesses to gain new knowledge and skills and network with other people working in the sector.

Our sixth breakfast seminar will focus on social media for young businesses. Sarah Allison will be the guest speaker for this event.

Sarah is a social media trainer, lecturer, and consultant who wants to help you improve your digital skills so you can land your dream job, make more connections or win more business.

The landscape is changing quickly and so many business owners and professionals feel that they just aren’t ready for it. Perhaps you feel that way?

Sarah will provide tips, advice and practical examples on how best to benefit from the use of social media. She sees it as her job to be constantly learning, keeping up to date with trends and technologies and applying new techniques so she can share them with you in order for you to fast track your journey.

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Date and Time

Fri, 29 March 2019

08:30 – 10:30 GMT

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Location

University Business Centre – Halifax

Piece Mill

27 Horton Street

Leeds

HX1 1QE

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Am I eligible?

The AD:VENTURE project is aimed at providing support to young and growing businesses with an eligibility focus on:

  • SMEs under 3 years old
  • Based in the Leeds City Region
  • Trading in an eligible sector (this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers e.g. retail and hospitality)
  • Commitment and plans for achieving growth in turnover and creation of jobs