Taking the heat out of starting a business…

This Summer, Business Link wants to help take the sweat out of starting up in business.

During the current economic climate, Business Link is urging those workers being made redundant or facing increased competition for jobs, to discover if they can be their own boss through a series of FREE structured support workshops to help release their entrepreneurial spirit and turn their business dream into a reality.

Whether you are a woman, someone aged 50 plus, disabled, a member of a minority ethnic community, young, a graduate or someone living on a low income, help is available to support those with the ambition to be their own boss and get access to the support they need to turn their idea into a business reality.

A series of FREE workshops for those people looking to start their own business is being run by Business Link as part of its on-going commitment to support potential entrepreneurs by providing access to critical business skills development.

Stephen Smith, Chief Executive of EMB Ltd, the leading enterprise and economic development organisation responsible for delivering local access to the Business Link service comments


With the recession leading to the rise of the ‘necessity entrepreneur’ we have seen more and more people starting their own business because they have had to get themselves out of the downturn. Business Link is a local service available to help anyone with an entrepreneurial streak.”


The popular workshops, held locally throughout the East Midlands area cover the core elements required to increase the chances of successfully starting your own business.

Is it for me? aimed at those people thinking of starting a business or working for themselves. It helps people decide what they want from their business and whether starting a business is right for them.

Getting the basics right

For those people actively committed to starting a business, this workshop includes practical advice on how to develop a business plan.

Managing money

Looks at the critical subjects of financial planning, bookkeeping, cash flow and credit control.

Finding and keeping customers

Discover how best to reach your customers, understand the positioning of your offer and how the internet can be used as a valuable sales tool.


Running a successful business

Explores key issues involved with running a successful business, how to employ staff and get the best out of them.

Stephen Smith continues:  “We provide support and advice to those people considering starting their own business and help them access all the opportunities involved with starting a business during an economic downturn.

We want to show that starting a business shouldn’t be seen as a daunting task  – but an exciting and rewarding decision.”

All Start-up workshops are FREE to attend and take place from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Contact Business Link on 0845 058 6644 for more information on locations, availability and additional support to help turn your business dream into a business reality.

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