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Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs Events Calendar

Below is the  calendar of Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs events and training. To book a session please email forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com.

We are working on the events which we should run over the next 6 months. This page will then be updated with new events, which we intend to deliver over the next 6 months on a rolling basis. We plan courses based upon the demands from our entrepreneurs as well as basic courses.

April 2018

Forest Enterprise Fair

Wednesday, 18th April 2018,

10.00am – 4.00pm

at

Vantage Point Business Village, Mitcheldean

This will be the fifth Forest Enterprise Fair run by the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs and is the the only regular business-to-business event in the Forest of Dean, including small and start-up businesses. The Forest Enterprise Fair 2018 will be on Wednesday, 18th April from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

This year we have been fortunate in gaining the use of the Conference space and additional facilities at Vantage Point Business Village, Mitcheldean. This is also the site of the new Tier 2 Growth Hub coming to the Forest of Dean later this year. As well as opportunities for promoting your business and gathering a range of technical advice, we will be running three seminars at this FREE event.

The three seminars are free to attend and cover the following subjects:

10.00 am   10 Steps to Social Media Success – Luan Wise

12.30 pm   Start and Grow Enterprise – Louisa Clark

2.30 pm   Marketing Made Simple – ALS Marketing

With more than 20 stands, local businesses and project sponsors will be offering a range of services and advice. There will be space to sit and enjoy refreshments from the Viewpoint Restaurant and network with other businesses.

March 2018

A Round up of available Business Support

Thursday, 15th March 2018,

6.00 – 8.00pm
at
Newent Library

The evening will cover the wide range of business support available including details of the county’s Tier 1, 2 & 3 Growth Hubs and the SaGE (Start up and Grow Enterprise), GAINS (Gloucestershire’s Accelerated Impact Network Support) and GRIP (Gloucestershire Research and Innovation Project) projects which are run by the University of Gloucestershire with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
This event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

February 2018

Business Mentoring – What’s it all about?

Monday, 26th February 2018, 6.00 – 8.00pm
at
The Belfry Hotel, Littledean

£5 including a buffet supper

Find out about the benefits of business mentoring, how it can help to move your business forward, how much you may be charged, whether it is cost effective, if there are funding opportunities, whether it is something that will help you and get answers to any other questions.

This event is presented by local business mentor, Andrew Maliphant

There will be plenty of time for questions and networking

January 2018

 

Tuesday, 30th January

Lydney Library

6 – 8pm

 

Start-up and Growing Enterprises (SaGE)

This event is delivered through collaboration between the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs, the recently launched Gloucestershire Libraries Tier 3 Growth Hubs and the University of Gloucestershire, the project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Forest businesses or start-ups will be introduced to the benefits of SaGE. This project is free to eligible individuals and businesses and they can benefit from:

A start-up business weekend where the first day develops the business ideas and the second puts them into an executable plan; or

A 3-hour review of your business tackling the obstacles you face;

A 5 steps programme of masterclasses addressing the key areas for any young business to ensure its survival

Monthly Entrepreneur Networking Meetings.

And those who attend the relevant number of the above could also be eligible to receive a £1000 grant for their business.

More information: University of Gloucestershire: Do Business on Campus

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/UoGSaGE

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11328493/

How to book

The sessions start at 6.00 and will finish no later than 8.00. Before and after the project presentations, will be the usual networking and open business help sessions. To book and reserve your space please email forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com.

November 2017

Calling all Forest Businesses

Now is the time for all Forest of Dean businesses to think about moving forwards with 2 free events. One event is aimed at businesses just starting or up to 3 years old. The other is for businesses, who want to grow and need to plan how to achieve that growth.

These events are being held through collaboration between the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs, the recently launched Gloucestershire Libraries Growthhubs and 2 University of Gloucestershire projects, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Start-up and Growing Enterprises (SaGE)

On 16th November at Cinderford library from 6pm, Louisa Clark the Project Manager of SaGE will be introducing the benefits of this free project to any Forest business or start-up. Eligible individuals and businesses can benefit from:

  • A start-up business weekend where the first day develops the business ideas and the second puts them into an executable plan; or
  • A 3 hour business review of your business tackling the obstacles you face;
  • A 5 steps programme of masterclasses addressing the key areas for any young business to ensure its survival
  • Monthly Entrepreneur Networking Meetings.
  • And those who attend the relevant number of the above will also be eligible to receive a £1000 grant for their business.

Gloucestershire’s Accelerated Impact Network Support (GAINS)

On 29th November at Coleford Library from 6pm, Geraldine MacCullagh, will introduce GAINS which  benefits larger and fast growing companies. Suitable Gloucestershire-based companies for this project could be looking to add £750K to their turnover or 7 members of staff over the next three years. They will benefit from:

  • An in-depth diagnostic conversation to determine their eligibility for GAINS. This highlights barriers to and opportunities for growth and begins to develop a Business Plan
  • 4 days high quality coaching over 6 months from business experts for a bespoke plan
  • A subsidy of £960 (40% of the coaching cost) of those experts
  • A series of 5 half day masterclasses developed in direct response to local growth needs
  • Access to a Gloucestershire specific high growth networking group

How to book

Both sessions start at 6.00 and will finish no later than 8.00. Before and after the project presentations, will be the usual networking and open business help sessions. To book and reserve your space please email forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com

 

April 2017


Wednesday 26th April is our next Meet and Learn Evening at Main Place, Coleford and will be onThe Budget March 2017, tax, National Insurance, digital tax and VAT, implications for small business.

Talk and questions given by Graham Wildin. Light refreshment provided £5 cost all welcome. Contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

 

 

March 2017

31st March is our next Meet and Learn Evening at Main Place, Coleford and will be on Cyber Security and Cyber attack on Small Business! There will be light refreshments and will be from 6.30-8pm, there will be a £5 pounds charge. Contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

Cyber Security and Cyber attack on Small Business

All businesses are now aware of the need for data protection and responsible use of customer information. However as most information is now stored electronically, data security is often more vulnerable than paper files. Large companies can insulate themselves with expensive IT systems. Smaller companies and sole traders cannot outsource the problem. Some research suggest that up to 90% of companies have been hacked. This can cause the bankruptcy of small businesses who are particularly vulnerable.

If you lose your customer database how would your company continue? Come and put your questions to this months speaker.

January 2017

25th January is our Meet and Learn Evening at The New Inn, Shortstanding Coleford GL16 7NT, (car park opposite) and is discussing the topic of Becoming An Author! There is a charge of £5 for the refreshments. Contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

Becoming an Author – Following Your Dream

Have you ever thought: “I’d like to write a book”?

But then what: will I ever finish writing it? Will anyone want to read it? And how should I get it published?

Come and meet our three authors and find out how they approached being an author in different genres.

Eleanor Bird
Eleanor Bird
Eleanor has her own copywriting and editing business, as well as working as a freelance art history lecturer. She studied history at college, but it is her love of the countryside that inspired her first novel, The Night Heron. The book emerged after years of telling herself to stop writing brochures and be more ambitious, but it took a precarious leap of faith to spend two years writing it. The process of getting it published is still ongoing.

Andrew Maliphant
Andrew Maliphant
The Local Regeneration Handbook – This is Andrew’s first book, Andrew has worked for 25 Years in regeneration. This is intended to meet the needs of a “regeneration worker”, who could be anyone from a regeneration partnership, a housing association officer, a parish councillor or a concerned and active local citizen. What they will all have in common is a concern for the wellbeing of the community where they live or work, and a need to work with others for the best possible future for that community. Andrew also runs his own business ‘The community works’

Kim O’Rourke
Kim O’Rourke
Kim is a qualified professional marketer of 27 years’ experience and owns a marketing and coaching business called Merrie Marketing. Kim is well known for getting right to the heart and soul of the businesses that she works with and is a very popular and energetic public speaker and trainer. “Marketing from the Inside” is her first book published in April 2016, and got to #1 in a couple of US business charts, and averaged #11 in the UK business charts overall. Kim will be sharing her writing and publishing journey as well as sharing her tips of how she went from no book to a number 1 best-selling book on Amazon. Her second book is currently in the pipeline.

June 2016

June 30th Meet and Learn Evening with Claire from the South West Apprenticeship Company on how to grow your business with apprenticeships. 6-8pm Venue – The Belfry, Littledean. There is a charge of £5 for the buffet. Contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

Growing your business with Apprenticeships – Clare has a background in supporting small businesses and young people to create employment opportunities She has always been passionate about supporting young people into quality apprenticeships and work experience with a local companies with growth plans. Her last role was as an ESF Project Manager running two Diversity in Apprenticeship projects in the SW where she set-up a mentoring programme to support LLDD apprentices. Drawing on this experience she was part of the initial business team that planned and created the South West Apprenticeship Company (SWAC), she understood the need for all apprentices to have that pastoral support and that as most small businesses were new to Apprenticeships they would need the extra support to set-up their Apprenticeship Programme.

Since Clare became the Operational Director for SWAC in 2012 she has worked hard to transform SWAC into more than just an ‘Apprenticeship Training Agency’ (ATA). She has looked at ways to constantly improve the Apprenticeship experience for both the learner and the business through dedicated support and guidance, acting as an impartial mediator between all parties involved; learner, host and training provider – ensuring issues that arise are resolved quickly to the satisfaction of all.

You can find more information about Claire here and a link to the government guide here.

February 2016

February 23rd half day ‘Start-up Business’ training course, with Miranda Jenkins Belle Vue Centre Cinderford 9-12.30 Cost is only £15 or free if you are on Jobseekers Allowance – to book your place or to receive more details, please call 07903472744

February 25th Meet and Learn Evening with Colin Davies on sound business practice for beginners including writing effective terms and conditions 6-8pm Belfry. There is a charge of £5 for the buffet. Contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

January 2016

January 28th Meet and Learn Evening, New year Resolutions and Goals at the Belfry Littledean 6-8pm. There is a charge of £5 for the buffet. Please contact us at forestofdeanentrepreneurs@mail.com to confirm you are coming, and we look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

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