BEST Growth Hub FREE Workshops

BEST Growth Hub workshop programme

April – June 2017

These free business support workshops are fully funded by BEST Growth Hub and are being delivered by Ignite Business in partnership with NWES and Colbea.

 

Build a WordPress Website

This practical 2 part workshop will enable you to choose your own hosting and provider to support your website, and teach you how to manage and create all content. At the end of this 2 part workshop you will have been able to create a few pages for your website and have the ability to add further pages when you need them. Before attending this workshop you must attend the ‘What Makes a Good Website’ online workshop as this is a pre-requisite.  You will need to bring a laptop to the sessions. We are able to provide some spare laptops on request.

Southend-on-Sea

Date: 27th April & 4th May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Hive

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/build-a-wordpress-website-9

Customer Service & Selling Without Selling

This workshop is for anyone who deals with customers and wants to improve their service levels. We believe that customer service and sales go hand in hand, in fact you can’t have one without the other. This workshop will take attendees through how to implement best practices in to their business to help improve sales and customer satisfaction.

Castle Point

Date: 28th June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Salvation Army Training  Centre

Booking link:  http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/customer-service-selling

E-Newsletters for Business – Beginners

This practical workshop will take you through e-newsletters for business and using MailChimp, you will be shown  how to set up a template and send using a free option along with other tips to get you keeping in touch with your mailing list more effectively. You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop and have set up a mailchimp account to use during the session. We are able to provide some spare laptops on request.

Epping

Date: 24th May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Epping Forest College

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/e-newsletters-4

Facebook for Business – Beginners

In this practical workshop you will learn how to set up a business page, how to get likes, what to post and when and what the other options are for a business to get noticed. You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop and have set up a business page to use in the session. We are able to provide some spare laptops on request.

Epping

Date: 22nd June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Epping Forest College

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/facebook-for-business-2

Southend-on-Sea

Date: 27th June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Hive

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/facebook-for-business

Funding & Alternative Funding

This 3 hour workshop will give you an understanding of how to gain funding from both traditional methods and new methods such as crowd funding. The workshop aims to help attendees have a clearer picture of the funding landscape and what options will be most suitable for their business requirements.

Rochford

Date: 12th May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Rayleigh Civic Suite

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/funding-alternative-funding

LinkedIn for Business – Beginners

In this practical workshop you will be able to optimise your personal profile and make it do more for you than just acting like an online CV. You will also learn how to use companies and groups. You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop and have set up a profile on LinkedIn to use in the session. We are able to provide some spare laptops on request.

Maldon

Date: 13th June

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Venue: Maldon Town Hall

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/linkedin-for-business-4

Practical PR & Marketing

A 3 hour workshop for anyone who owns or works for a small business and needs to market and promote their product/s or service in an effective way.  From this workshop attendees will take away some practical ideas that they can implement themselves to help make their marketing and PR more effective.

Braintree

Date: 21st June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Ignite House

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/practical-pr-marketing

Presenting & Pitching

A 3 hour workshop for anyone who owns or works for a small business and needs to be able to present to 1 or many people. The workshop will take you through putting together an elevator pitch and how to feel more confident when speaking and presenting.

Brentwood

Date: 23rd May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/presenting-pitching-4

Project & Event Management – Beginners

This workshop is for anyone who wants to improve their skills for project and event management.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is involved in managing and running a successful event or project
  • The life cycle of a project or event
  • Fundamental event and project management tools and techniques
  • Guidelines and tips
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Timings and risk management
  • Strategic planning

Castle Point

Date: 18th May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Salvation Army Training  Centre

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/project-and-event-2

Tendering

Date: 9th June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Essex Enterprise Centre (Clacton)

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/project-and-event

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

You will gain an understanding of the current basic SEO principles and how to start making a difference to your website and brand.

Brentwood

Date: 25th April

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/search-engine-optimisation-3

Southend-on-Sea

Date: 15th June

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Venue: The Hive

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/search-engine-optimisation-2

Start Your Business In A Day

This workshop is for anyone who is considering starting up a business or has business idea.

Areas the workshop will cover:

Customer

Market and competition

Finance, cash flow, HMRC

Pricing and profit

Marketing

Outcome: Attendees will have worked through their business ideas and be in a position to start building their Business Plan to get their idea moving.

Braintree

Date: 3rd May

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Venue: The Corner House

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/start-your-business-in-a-day-2

Grays

Date: 22nd May

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Venue: Old Courthouse, Grays

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/start-your-business-in-a-day

Time Management

This workshop is designed to make you more aware about the techniques available to make your day and business more efficient and cost effective.

Uttlesford

Date: 11th May

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Saffron Walden Golf Club

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/time-management

Twitter for Business – Beginners

In this practical 3 hour session, aimed at SMEs and start-ups, you will learn you need to know to get your business started on Twitter, including what your profile should include, what to tweet and when plus how to get followers and noticed. You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop and have set up a Twitter account to use in the session. We are able to provide some spare laptops on request.

Rochford

Date: 15th June

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Rayleigh Civic Suite

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/twitter-for-business-2

Using Hootsuite to Manage Your Social Media

This practical workshop will take you through how Hootsuite can help you manage the social media content for your business more effectively and also show you through some of the functionality of the system to get you started.

As part of the workshop you will also learn how to create a strategy that gives your social media direction and structure to help achieve your businesses objectives and goals. The session will also cover how to measure and track progress of campaigns, and explain some of the tools you can use to help you plan your strategy.

Maldon

Date: 15th June

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Maldon Town Hall

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/hootsuite-2

Grays

Date: 15th June

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm

Venue: The Old Court House

Booking link: http://ignitebusiness.org/workshops/using-hootsuite


CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY:

  • On completion of this workshop you will be automatically referred to one of the BEST Growth Hub Navigators, who will be able to signpost you to further advice and any training that you might require.
  • Each individual may attend workshops up to a maximum of 21 hours in total.
  • Delegates may take part in as many online training workshops as they like as these do not count toward their overall hours.
  • Each business can send a maximum of 2 members of staff on each course.
  • In order to qualify for a place on the course, the employer/business must be based in Essex.
  • Please note that the workshop may not take place if there are not a minimum number of attendees.
  • Ignite Business Enterprise Limited will share information with Local Authorities and the BEST Growth Hub. The BEST Growth Hub, as the funders of the business support courses, may share your details with the Department for BEIS & your Local Authority, this may be used to facilitate the delivery and management of the services being provided.