DOWNHAM MARKET: Free advice on how to start up a business
Aspiring entrepreneurs are being encouraged to take part in a free business start-up service which is being rolled out across West Norfolk.
West Norfolk Council and start-up support specialists TCHC’s free service is designed to help people become self-employed or start a new business.
The programme is part of the borough council’s Enterprise Norfolk project which is jointly funded by Norfolk County Council and aims to help up to 300 would-be entrepreneurs and create at least 50 new businesses in West Norfolk over the next two years.
The workshops, which are run at Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton, will cover all the points people need to consider in becoming self-employed or setting up a business and there will also be the opportunity to discuss ideas with an experienced business adviser.
The next free workshop due to take place is aimed at budding entrepreneurs in the Downham area and will be held at the Priory Learning Centre on Tuesday, March 19. During this workshop, called “Is it for me?” participants will explore what it means to own a business and what is needed to achieve success.
In the current economic climate, starting up a business could be a useful opportunity for jobseekers, home-makers, pensioners, new graduates, lone parents and ex-offenders to generate an income or supplement their wage.
Graham Coultas, Director of Enterprise for TCHC, said: “Supporting growth through business development during these tough economic times is crucial and we are looking forward to assisting several new start-ups in Downham.
“With external advice and support aspiring entrepreneurs can ensure that they have the best possible chance of succeeding. The training workshops and individual mentoring sessions will cover all aspects of running a business, from finding customers, marketing and selling through to managing finance, tax and VAT, and presenting a business plan to a bank.”
Booking for the Downham workshop is essential and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book your place contact TCHC on 01923 698436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To discuss your business ideas, call TCHC on 01923 698436 and for more infomation about the business support programme in West Norfolk visit www.tchc.net/services/business-support
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