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Basildon Business Skills Workshops 2017/18

A series of business skills workshops and webinars, delivered mainly FREE of charge 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

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For most workshops and webinars online registration is FREE to 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.

Business Skills Workshops and Webinars Calendar

Echo news from Basildon, Canvey, Southend brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowDigital marketing

Business Workshop with the Echo news.

  • Monday 22nd January 2018
  • 3.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Seminar at Holiday Inn, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon. SS14 3DG
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND Digital Marketing
  • Spaces are limited, so to book today - a member of our team will confirm your attendance within 24 hours.

The Echo newspaper is running a limited series of FREE digital marketing advice seminars, aimed specifically at local businesses who would like to expand their digital knowledge and cut through the jargon.

Seminars cover best practice when setting your online marketing plan.

Topics will include:

  • How the marketing landscape has changed
  • Setting Realistic Marketing Objectives
  • Multi Channel Marketing
  • Online Display - getting it right
  • Social Media - is it right for your business?

Digital specialists will be on hand should you want to speak on a 1-2-1 basis, but rest assured this is not a sales environment - we are simply delivering free advice and information.

Every business that attends is entitled to receive a free online health check around their businesses, to shine more light on specific areas of interest.

 

Exporting is Great, Dept for Int'l Trade & EU branding This link opens in a new browser windowHow to grow your engineering business internationally

Business Workshop organised by Department for International Trade (DIT) - East of England

  • Thursday 25th January 2018
  • 9:30am - 3pm
  • Seminar at Novotel Stansted, Round Coppice Road, Stansted, CM24 1SF
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND How to Grow your Engineering Business Internationally
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 day seminar to make a real difference to your future.

An essential seminar for Manufacturing and Engineering Businesses to help grow sales in overseas markets.

For manufacturing and engineering businesses growing your sales in international markets brings its own set of challenges. Here in the East of England we are delivering a series of unique seminars to help you understand how to win new deals overseas. Headed by James Gillespie, Department for International Trade (DIT) Adviser specialising in Advanced Engineering, you will be lead through the export journey using example case studies of successful companies.

The Department for International Trade have brought together some of the most successful manufacturing and engineering firms from our region, to share how they overcame the barriers to make a success of selling into:

  • South America
  • Asia
  • Middle East

In addition, there will be talks from experts, including representatives from UK Intellectual Property Office, dedicated to helping you understand some of the more technical elements of taking your product into new markets.

For more information contact the Get Exporting Customer Service Team:

 

BEST for business solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowYou're on social media ...so what?

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Thursday 25th January 2018
  • 6pm - 9pm
  • Training workshop at Holiday Inn, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon. SS14 3DG
  • There is a charge of £10 per person - Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - You're on Social Media...so what?.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 3 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Having a social media account like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter is great - but how do you get people to follow or like you?

You might be putting great social media content out there but if no-one is reading it then you could be wasting your time.

In this workshop you will learn about popular social media networks and also communication tools like blogs, podcasts and RSS feeds. The aim of this workshop is to identify your strategy of how to engage online communities, identify influencers and establish yourself as a thought leader on the web.

This session is aimed at Marketing, PR and General Management personnel and is suitable for both start-up and established businesses.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

 

Pro Actions brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowMarketing for growth and an introduction to social media

Business Workshop with Pro Actions

  • Wednesday 7th February 2018
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Training workshop at  The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Marketing for growth and an introduction to social media.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 2 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Marketing is an investment - not a cost. It's therefore all about getting the right return on your investment, which means you need to think clearly about some key questions:

  • Do you know who your target markets are?
  • Do you know what your marketing initiatives cost and what you'll get back?
  • Do you have a marketing plan?

Marketing is easy to get wrong, waste money on and get frustrated with! But you can market your business very successfully on a low budget. This Pro-actions Business Workshop will show you ways of making sure your marketing works and help you to understand more about effective social media for your business.

Attendees can look forward to finding out about:

  • How to plan your marketing
  • How to Market your business successfully on a low budget
  • How social media can be effective for business

3 hours packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must attend event for anyone who is serious about their business having the best chance to succeed.

 

BEST for business solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowDealing with big business

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Friday 23rd February 2018
  • 10am - 12midday
  • Training workshop at Ford Motor Company's Dunton Centre, SS15 6GB
  • There is a charge of £10 per person - Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Dealing with Big Business Workshop.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 2 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Hear from an expert at Ford about what it takes to make a supply chain. What is it that big businesses want to see from you and what can you do differently to access opportunities that big businesses can offer? This is not an opportunity to find out about Ford opportunities but is generalised for all big businesses.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

 

BEST for business solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowTurn your idea into a marketable product

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Wednesday 28th February 2018
  • 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Training workshop at The Place, Pitsea Leisure Centre, Essex SS13 3DU
  • There is a charge of £20 per person including lunch- Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Turn Your Idea into a Marketable Product Workshop.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 day workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Concepts and ideas can be unique, but they don't always transfer into viable businesses. That might be because the concept doesn't fully meet with market expectations, or it might be that production costs or competition are too restrictive. There's a lot that has to be considered in order to convert a concept into a successful business. Learn how to convert your concept into a product that is ready for your identified markets. You will also have intellectual property and product design experts on hand.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

 

LoCASE brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowInnovations in low emissions showcase

Business Workshop with Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE)

  • Thursday 15th March 2018
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Training workshop at Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex, SS16 4UH
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Innovations in low emissions showcase.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 day workshop to make a real difference to your future.

This free event is your chance to exhibit and promote your low emission goods or service...From electric cars and vans (including HGV's), to electric bikes, scooters and engine emission improvement products and so much more!

Open to businesses and public alike, why not come along to take a look and discover the recent advances that have been made in this fast growing and exciting business sector?...It may inspire you! You will also find exhibitors offering business funding advice, along with advice on sustainable transport.

Plus! Get 'Hands-on' with the latest EV and low emissions vehicles in our dedicated display areas.

This is an easy access venue, accessible to everyone...register today!

 

Pro Actions brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowImprove your sales and win more business

Business Workshop with Pro Actions

  • Wednesday 28th March 2018
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Training workshop at  The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Improve your sales and win more business.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 3 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Have you ever found that you engage with lots of potential customers but don't necessarily sell to them? Just consider how much better your business could be if more of those prospects became a sale!

As the owner of an established small business you will have experienced growth but you will also know that if you don't continue that growth you go backwards. Do you want to grow your business to another level and make this year, your best year ever?

This Pro-actions Business Workshop will explore why you need a structured sales process, what it is, how to improve it and why it is simply essential if you want to further increase your sales and profit.

Attending this workshop will help you:

  • Improve your sales success rate and win even more customers
  • Understand the need for and the benefits of a structured sales process
  • Know where you (and your sales team) are in a sale and hence plan your next move
  • To pick up a few great sales tips and techniques!

Packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must attend event for anyone who is serious about their business having the best chance to succeed.

Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay and use the three hours to make a real difference to your future!

 

Pro Actions brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowHow to build a fantastic business plan that works

Business Workshop with Pro Actions

  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Training workshop at  The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - How to build a fantastic business plan that works.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 3 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Whether you've been running a business for a while or you are just starting up, this event could transformation your level of success.

Start with the end in mind! A business plan is only effective if it starts from what you want to achieve from your life and your business. Business planning is therefore not just about financial projections. Your business plan is more like a map - it gets you from where you are now to where you want to be in the future.

This Pro-actions Business Workshop will explore how to go about building your business plan into a powerful piece of clear thinking that charts your map to success. This planning process will encourage you to take the time to think thoroughly about your business and how to make it work for you.

In this Pro-actions Business Workshop we will explore:

  • Why you need a business plan
  • Who your plan is intended for
  • What you need to include in your plan, why it's important and what it actually means
  • How often you should review and update your plan

Packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must attend event for anyone who is serious about their business having the best chance to succeed.

Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay and use the three hours to make a real difference to your future!

 

Pro Actions brand logo This link opens in a new browser windowGrowing your business through fantastic leadership and management

Business Workshop with Pro Actions

  • Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Training workshop at  The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1DL
  • FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.
  • REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND - Growing your business through fantastic leadership and management.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 3 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Leadership and management are two of the most important aspects of running a business successfully. This Pro-actions Business Workshop will explore what each of them really mean together with top tips and strategies to make them both work for you.

Leadership is about doing the right things, management is about doing them correctly and efficiently.

This Pro Actions workshop will explore how to approach these two very different disciplines to help you get the most out of yourself and your people. Ultimately, your business should not be dependent on you to survive - we'll show you how to set clear direction and implement controls to free up your life and get better results from your business.

Packed full of sensible ideas and solutions, this is a must attend event for anyone who is serious about their business having the best chance to succeed.

Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay and use the three hours to make a real difference to your future!

 

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