UPDATED – 29.4.2020 with new events
I think it’s fair to say all of us are feeling the strain of the changes we’ve had to make recently. The personal and emotional sacrifices made to help our loved ones and NHS staff stay safe, and the phenomenal challenges this outbreak has presented to businesses.
For those just starting out in business (and I talk to a lot of you amazing, passionate and inspirational people on a daily basis), it’s harder than ever.
How do you progress in these circumstances? How can you still work on your business and do something practical.
How do you stay motivated to even do that?
One way to look at this is much like we have all been doing in our personal lives. How many people have you spoken to who’ve learned something new over the past few weeks? As a nation we’ve learned to home school the kids, learnt to bake, learnt to use virtual technology to stay in touch with our families and colleagues, learnt new ways to exercise. I’ve taught my mother to use Whatsapp on facetime to 4 people. She’s delighted!!
So, I guess my point here is that as difficult as all of this is, a challenge presents an opportunity.
In my work as AD:VENTURE marketing and communications manager, I’ve found or been sent some useful digital products for business owners and start ups over the last week or so that you can use to develop yourself and your business.
All of it is free, and it could help you to work on areas of your business or your skills that will put you in a stronger position as we enter the recovery stages.
So, in no particular order, here they are:
- AD:VENTURE BUSINESS SUPPORT
It would be remiss of me not to mention that our support provision is still available, for anyone starting or scaling a business from 0-3 years trading.
If you want to talk to an advisor and get some hands on advice and support you can register at www.ad-venture.org.uk/register
Our first series of Webinars are now available to book!
AD:VENTURE Webinar Events
Keep an eye on upcoming events HERE
The workshop programme consists of 2 days delivery, they are happening on the 5th/13th May, and then conclude during the week of 18th May.
The 2 day events will still be focussed on business innovation and include the following content:
- Leading business growth advice, support & expertise specific to you & your business, via one-to-one & small group sessions online
- A small mastermind community of like-minded entrepreneurs & environment of mutual support
- Focused, practical online sessions – designed for you – on topics such as:
- Financing your business, cashflow and available support – inc. product & process innovation grants
- Making decisions that are right for now & the future
- When & how to pivot
- and much more…
The programme will be facilitated by Dr Jo North, all delegates will receive tailored support and coaching from Jo throughout the process. The structure of day 2 will be a “pick and mix” approach and consist of a variety of workshops on business innovation topics
- BT BUSINESS SUPPORT
BT have created a series of webinars to help small business owners and their employees on a wide range of topics including digital marketing, using collaboration tools and how to get a business online. These have been developed by BT alongside partners including Small Business Britain and Google Digital Garage. List of webinars and registration link below
- AD:VENTURE DIGITAL LEARNING HUB
AD:VENTURE is working with Leeds Beckett University to provide free online resources to businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
The content has been developed by academics from Leeds Beckett’s Business School and covers business planning, sales, leadership skills, marketing and pricing. Each masterclass contains a 15-minute video tutorial and provides suggested tasks to complete to put the learning into practice. To access just drop us an email and we will send you log in details
- DIGITAL KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
The Digital Knowledge Exchange (DKE) has launched a new (fully-funded) webinar series for businesses in the Leeds city region. The webinars will provide expert insights on the use of digital solutions to increase productivity and competitiveness during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. The series has been designed to support businesses striving to become best placed when the nation returns to business as usual.
Phase one (April – May) will deliver webinar content based on trending topics within four main categories:
- Customer Engagement
- Business Resilience
- Content Marketing
- Digital Marketing Strategy
During each webinar, you will be able to communicate with fellow guests via a live chat feed, take away exclusive insights from our expert speakers and have any questions you may have answered.
To view the full webinar series and to book online, please visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/ or call a member of the DKE team on 0113 426 0535.
- OPEN UNIVERSITY COURSES
Many Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing their toughest challenges to date due to Covid-19. Study these free business courses to help improve your skills and knowledge.
All of courses are FREE and you can start them when you want, studying at your own pace.
Seriously, there are loads on here covering so many different topics that are business essentials, from marketing, strategy, innovation, resilience, finance.
- BUSINESS AND IP CENTRE
Business & IP Centre Leeds is a one-stop source for all your business and intellectual property needs. They have some really useful events and their IP knowledge is extensive!
They draw on a wide range of resources and have extensive experience in dealing with business and intellectual property enquiries. They are members of the Europe-wide PATLIB network, the British Library’s Business & IP Centre network, and work closely with the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and other partners.
Wednesday 6th May 5.30pm – 7pm Social Media for your business (delivered by Liz Cable) Webinar Book your free place:
After booking you will be sent a link to access the webinar
free Monday 11th May 4pm – 5pm Finance for new business (delivered by Gareth Allen, Red Sky Finance) Webinar Book your free place:
After booking you will be sent a link to access the webinar
- FREE BUSINESS COACHING SESSIONS – Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
Thanks to a team of business professionals that have volunteered their time, we are offering SMEs FREE business coaching sessions to help with contingency planning for this period and beyond. Coaches will work with businesses to diagnose issues affecting them at the moment including people, suppliers and customers, finance and premises.
Interested? Email email@example.com
- INVESTOR READINESS FINANCE SEMINARS
The LEP’s Investment Readiness programme is working with our partners to provide additional support during Covid-19 via free of charge webinar sessions. The sessions include topics such as ‘Accessing Business Interruption Loans’ and ‘Tracking and Managing your Cash Flow’.
For more information on how to register for the webinars https://www.the-lep.com/business-support/growth-support/investment-readiness/
- NORTHERN MAX PROGRAMME
Northern Max 3, will now be delivered online, and technology-oriented companies less than three years old are invited to take part.
The free business support programme will take place over ten weeks, starting on 23 April. It includes one-to-one mentoring alongside workshops and masterclasses led by experienced business coaches. Topics covered will include preparing a business plan, setting targets, profiling target customers and marketing. There will also be a focus on helping companies exploit opportunities when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, as well as an opportunity to pitch for potential investment at the end of the programme.
For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3
There you go!
Hopefully you will find some of this helpful. Do let me know if you have seen anything I’ve missed!
In addition to all of this, I strongly encourage you to look on LinkedIn and see what else is being shared – Lots of businesses are stepping up and offering their services for free to support each other in these difficult times.
A reminder also that there is a range of wider Government support available for businesses, self-employed individuals and charities.
The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership are acting as a key point of contact for businesses in Leeds City Region.
You can find out latest updates and contact details if you have a question at https://www.the-lep.com/business-support/covid-19-support-for-businesses/
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our team at AD:VENTURE on at email@example.com
Stay safe, and try and stay positive,
Daneile Moore / AD:VENTURE