Friday, July 8, 2011

News: Business Link start up workshops


A retro sweet shop, a patisserie, and rugby coaching for children were among business plans from entrepreneurs attending a Business Link Yorkshire workshop.

The workshop, "Getting the Basics Right," took place at the end of June at the Ramada Encore Hotel in Barnsley. Part of Business Link Yorkshire's region-wide suite of workshops for people looking to set up a business – or those who have just started trading – it attracted 16 delegates. Several were already trading and on the road to running successful, sustainable businesses, and some had invested significantly in premises and equipment.

Among delegates was a finance director looking to branch out on his own and an education welfare officer wanting "a complete change" - she planned to launch a business in home furnishings and textiles. Others in the group included an NHS podiatrist (a professional in specialised care of feet), and a mum and daughter with a business partnership idea to breed and sell West Highland white terriers.

Business Link Yorkshire adviser Pat Coffey ran the three-hour workshop, offering the delegates a wide range of advice from business planning to legal status and finances. Pat said: "We are careful to encourage people to set up businesses which are sustainable. We sometimes get tradespeople who work for friends at weekends and think they're already running their own business. We have to convince them that setting up a viable business involves far more than doing a job you're good at, and that pricing your time for friend isn't the same as ensuring you’ve covered your overheads and daily expenses."

Workshop delegate Mark Harrison, who is starting a South Yorkshire business coaching children in rugby, added: "With experience of coaching as a volunteer, I have always had a vision of working as coach in some way. After looking at several opportunities, I decided to start my own business and the support from Business Link has definitely given me the confidence and knowledge that it is absolutely the right thing to do. The workshops are a great way to gain valuable information and are delivered in a way that makes it easy to understand.

"The workshop leader was fantastic and made the sessions enjoyable as well as informative and the opportunity to network with other people in a similar position and share their thoughts and ideas was also extremely valuable."

The next Rotherham workshop focuses on getting the basics right and takes place at RiDO's Moorgate Crofts Business Centre on July 12.

See the Rothbiz events page for further workshops taking place in Rotherham

Business Link Yorkshire website


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