Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme
Events
 

Programme events

Thinking about setting up a business?

To take part in any of the following support/masterclasses/events you must be signed up to the business growth programme

The University of Chester

4 June: Business finance – Speaker Chris Sharkey
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (2-hour workshop)

Develop an understanding of profit and loss accounts, profit and cash-flow forecasting, and balance sheets, at a basic and easy to understand level.

5 June: Maximising sales and lead generation – Speaker Andy Guilie
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (3-hour workshop)

This interactive fun and informative seminar will introduce you to a tried and tested sales model and look at the key points to help become a skilled, confident salesperson.

6 June: Business planning for start-ups – Speakers Amanda Wynne and Mark Evans
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (6-hour workshop)

This course provides a clear set of knowledge and tools to create your business plan.

10 June: Business planning for start-ups – Speakers Amanda Wynne and Mark Evans
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (6-hour workshop)

This course provides a clear set of knowledge and tools to create your business plan.

19 June: How to start a business – Speaker Chris Sharkey
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (2-hour workshop)

Need help getting your business idea off the ground? Know what you want to do with your future but aren’t sure how to get your product to market?

This workshop will cover such topics as marketing your product, assessing your competition, how to price your product, how to network effectively, how to seek and attract finance, and what to look for when building a team around you.

22/23 June: Business start-up weekend – Speaker Isabelle Farquher
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (6-hour workshop)

Over the course of two days, we will support start-up entrepreneurs to research and develop their business model and acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take it forward.

Learning outcomes:

– A developed business model
– Complete a level of field research
– Sales and cashflow forecasting demystified
– New skills & knowledge to make your business happen

25th June: Business finance – Speaker Chris Sharkey
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (6-hour workshop)

Develop an understanding of profit and loss accounts, profit and cash-flow forecasting, and balance sheets, at a basic and easy to understand level.

26th June: Social media marketing: Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin – Speaker Martin Corlett Moss
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (6-hour workshop)

A one-day programme for people who want to know what does and doesn’t work on social media for their business. How to cut through the noise and get the best out of social media without spending too much time on it.

2 July: How to start a business – Speaker Chris Sharkey
Location: Riverside Innovation Centre (2-hour workshop)

Need help getting your business idea off the ground? Know what you want to do with your future but aren’t sure how to get your product to market?

This workshop will cover such topics as marketing your product, assessing your competition, how to price your product, how to network effectively, how to seek and attract finance, and what to look for when building a team around you.


Manchester Metropolitan University

Thinking about setting up a business?

Over three workshops, you’ll develop a business model specifically for your idea.

We’ll help you to work through issues from goal-setting to sales, from marketing to finances.  

Already trading but struggling to grow your business?

From bookkeeping to leading a team, we know developing your business can feel daunting.

Our programme aims to help you develop your business in a sustainable and achievable way. You’ll attend five sessions over three months, with support including one-to-one sessions and practical workshops.

For people looking to start a business and companies trading for under 12 months

Macclesfield
12 February, 13 February and 26 March
Lymm
23 July, 24 July and 17 September
Venue TBC
10 December, 11 December and 7 January

Day 1
Introduction, and getting to know you session
Goal setting
Systems
Value proposition
Marketing
Day 2
Sales
Financial management
Day 3
Business Model Canvas
Reflection on the programme and next steps

For companies trading over 12 months
Warrington
Cohort 1 (For companies trading over 12 months)
30 April, 14 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July and 16 July

Macclesfield
Cohort 2 (For companies trading over 12 months)
10 September, 1 October, 22 October, 5 November, 3 December and 17 December

We begin with an induction and then you’ll typically have workshops in the mornings and spend the afternoons ‘hacking’ your peers’ business issues through our Action Hacking Sessions.
Workshop 1: Value Proposition
Workshop 2: Finance
Workshop 3: Motivation & Leadership
Workshop 4: Marketing
Workshop 5: Business Model Canvas