Both Cumbria and Lancashire are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit, with the local economies predominately made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, many more residents may dream of being their own boss or have that business idea that could simply make life better.
This Global Entrepreneurship Week, 16-20 November, the University of Cumbria is encouraging people to ‘make it happen’ and are holding a number of free events in Carlisle and Lancaster to help get new business ideas off the ground.
On Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 November, the university will host seminars at its Carlisle Business Interaction Centre, Paternoster Row, Carlisle.
Events on Tuesday 17 November include:
- David Kinsella from Incorporate Digital and DGKCT will talk about how prospective business owners can get the most from their business IT and ensure that they are covered should the worst happen.
- Peter Fleming from Business Doctors will share his best sales tips to help you understand the importance of the sales process and learn how to be successful at selling.
- Kate Rhodes from Blue Shadow Marketing will share practical marketing tips for new businesses focusing on five key areas: considering your business logo; options for building a website; importance of a small business e-mail address; networking and collecting and using data.
- Justine Douglas from Cumbria Training Services will share her thoughts on the customer journey and how to create a lasting impression. This session will focus on creating an excellent first impression using different communication skills.
Events on Thursday 19 November include:
- A session on team dynamics delivered by Rachael Bell of St. James’s Wealth Management looking at the importance of different skills within a team to maximise on efficiency and results.
- Tony Ferguson of Dodd Accountants will give an introduction on how to set up a small business, highlighting the pros and cons of self-employment, choosing the right business structure through to different methods of record keeping and maximising claims and expenses.
- The Intellectual Property Office are coming up from Wales to deliver a session on ‘Protecting your intellectual property’ covering the four main areas of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights).
In Lancaster, the university is hosting seminars at its Bowerham Road campus, on Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 November which include:
- ‘Thinking like a leader’ delivered by Matt Hawes, HR Manager at Sainsbury’s, on developing leadership skills and will include reference to the ‘Neuroscience of Leadership’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’.
- ‘Protecting your intellectual property’ covering the four main areas of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights) with helpful information directly from the Intellectual Property Office.
Sylvia Grainger, Student Enterprise Coordinator at the University of Cumbria, said: “We are pleased to bring these free events to Carlisle and Lancaster, and hope to develop more activities in the future. It is great for our enterprising and entrepreneurial students to have the opportunity to develop additional skills and knowledge as well as meet local entrepreneurs with whom they can share ideas and experiences”.
Lesley Robinson, Start-Up & Enterprise Manager from Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re pleased to once again be working in partnership with the University of Cumbria to deliver support to those thinking of starting their own business or in the early stages of trading. Starting your own business can be a daunting and lonely experience so it’s great to take advantage of free training as well as share experiences with other budding entrepreneurs.”
For more information and a full schedule of sessions available visit the university’s website. Places are free of charge but are limited and it is essential that you book in advance, so request your place by emailing: email@example.com.