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Basildon Business Support Events 2016/17

A series of mostly FREE business support events, open to Basildon based companies and businesses both large and small.

Basildon Council's Economic Development Team has been working closely with the Basildon Business Group (BBG) to establish just what kind of support local businesses could benefit from most in these challenging times.

As a result of their findings the Council and BBG have arranged the following series of events specifically intended to benefit local businesses, both large and small, to whom we are offering FREE registration to attend any or all of these events.

Perhaps you want to sharpen your skills in a particular business area, or maybe you're looking for new opportunities to connect with other businesses in the borough. Whatever you're looking for, chances are we've got it covered in this range of events specifically designed with local businesses in mind.

Business Event partners

BBG Logo   Pro-actions This link opens in a new browser window  Ignite Logo This link opens in a new browser window  BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser window  Enterprise Europe Network Logo (Small) This link opens in a new browser window  Green Business Forum

Free Online registration for businesses based in the Basildon

Thanks to the support of our Business Event partners, registration to attend most of the following Business Support events is entirely FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.

Events Calendar

 

Pro-actions This link opens in a new browser windowBusiness Planning - Making your business grow - Business Workshop with Pro-actions

Those with a clear plan are more likely to succeed!

Everyone knows you should have a business plan but too many are produced for the wrong reasons and never used. So whilst its true that businesses that have a clear business plan which is regularly updated are more likely to succeed and grow profitably too many never see the light of day after being written. The reason for this is planning only becomes effective if you know what you want from life and from your business.

So where are you on the journey? Business planning is not just about financial projections. These are essential but can only be produced after you have a clear view of what you want to achieve in your business by when and how you are going to achieve it.

The business plan is like a map - it gets you from where you are now to where you want to get to in the future. And the planning process encourages you to think about your business in the medium and longer term not to just deal with the current day-to-day operations.

The objectives of this business briefing are to help you understand:

  • Why you need a business plan
  • Who your plan is intended for
  • What you need to include in your plan and why
  • How often you should review and update your plan

Whether you been running a business for a while or you are just starting this event is essential for your continued success.

 

 

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowIgnite-nwes-Colbea Logos Start Your Business In A Day - Business Workshop funded by the Best Growth Hub, delivered in partnership by Ignite with Nwes & Colbea

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

The workshop will cover:

  • Customers
  • Market and competition
  • Finance, cash flow, HMRC
  • Pricing and profit
  • Marketing

On completing this workshop

On completing this workshop those attending will have worked through their business ideas and be in a position to start building their Business Plan on order to get their business idea moving.

 

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowIgnite-nwes-Colbea Logos Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - Business Workshop funded by the Best Growth Hub, delivered in partnership by Ignite with Nwes & Colbea

Candidate requirements

Ideally candidates for this workshop should have a basic understanding of what a search engine is and what meta tags are, however, both of these terms will be explained briefly in the opening part of the workshop session.

On completing this workshop

  • On completing this workshop you will gain an understanding of the current basic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) principles and how to start making a difference to your website and brand.

 

 

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowIgnite-nwes-Colbea Logos Build A Wordpress Website (2 afternoons) - Business Workshop funded by the Best Growth Hub, delivered in partnership by Ignite with Nwes & Colbea

  • Part 1 - Tues 28 Feb 2017, 1pm-4pm
  • Part 2 - Tues 7 Mar 2017, 1pm-4pm
  • The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon. SS14 1DL. (Basildon Council's town centre offices). Get directions.
  • This workshop is FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW - Register online for the "Build A Wordpress Website" workshop

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2-part workshop and all attendees will automatically be enrolled on to the second workshop.

Candidate requirements

  1. Candidates must be equipped with a WiFi compatible laptop
  2. Candidates should have hosting set up with WordPress already installed, for example:
    1. 1&1 Managed WordPress
    2. Names.co.uk with WordPress installed,
    3. Godaddy with wordpress hosting.
  3. You must have purchased/arranged a Wordpress site and ensure that you can log onto Wordpress for your site so that you can reach the dashboard. The free version is not sufficient to take part in the workshop.

Please contact us if you need assistance with any of the above 3 points:- Phone Ignite Training on 01376 340940, explain that you wish to attend this workshop and that you need help in order to prepare your laptop in readiness for the course.

Course Outline

This practical workshop will enable you to choose your own hosting and provider to support your website, but where all content is still created and managed by you.

 

 

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowIgnite-nwes-Colbea Logos Twitter for Business (Beginners level) - Business Workshop funded by the Best Growth Hub, delivered in partnership by Ignite with Nwes & Colbea

Candidate requirements

  • No previous twitter experience required, but you will need to set up your twitter profile before the workshop - don't worry we will send you step by step instructions!
  • You need to bring a laptop, if you do not have one then please contact us as and we will try to source a spare, you will not be able to fully participate with a mobile or tablet device.
  • WiFi connectivity will be provided Free at the venue.

Course outline

Twitter is the information social media network made up of 140 character messages.

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.

On completing this workshop

On completing this workshop you will be able to start tweeting, following others and gaining your own followers, plus understand some of the jargon.

 

 

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