Free training in Lynn for women to be superfast in business

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Women have the chance to get up to speed with superfast broadband at a free workshop in Lynn organised by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and New Anglia LEP.

The Faster Women programme will offer free advice, training and workshops to women who want to increase their knowledge of social media, and websites and find out how superfast broadband can help grow their business.

The initiative is part of the £1 million Challenge Fund launched by the Government in May to help enable female entrepreneurs to work effectively, access new markets and grow their business online. Women-led businesses now represent 20 per cent of all SMEs in the UK, which is an increase of 12 per cent from 2010. Caroline Williams, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to be running this project and said: “Faster Women will be a really interactive experience. Delegates will explore which platforms are best for their business, analyse their current activity and put together an action plan to maximise their digital impact. We see these events as essential updates on the increasing importance of digital communications.

“Moving faster than your competitors in product and service development is no longer enough in itself. You have to communicate faster too, and the tools are there to facilitate that. If you know how to use them.”

There are two free introduction sessions which will offer practical advice on increasing visibility online and using social media to build business relationships. The first is at Yours Business Network, King’s Lynn on Wednesday, December 3, and the other is at The Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, on Tuesday, December 9.

The workshops run from 9.30am to 1pm with refreshments provided throughout and a networking lunch.

Follow up workshops are scheduled to take place in January 2015 and are designed to help delegates take their knowledge to the next level, and will give practical advice on the best way to create a business website as well as improving online presence and measuring results.

All delegates will be offered up to one hour online, or face-to-face mentoring support to help implement the knowledge they have gained at the workshops.

For details of times, venues and how to book your place visit: www.norfolkchamber.co.uk/fasterwomen or email events@norfolkchamber.co.uk to telephone 01603 729702.