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3 Opportunities to Grow Your Business

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Grow business in the Forest of DeanSince 2011 the Forest of Dean has had a strong record of encouraging new businesses to start and grow from the now AIM-listed Versarien to more local businesses such as Fellows Framing .

This week there are three more opportunities to grow your business ranging from the initial thoughts about maybe starting a business, through getting the training you need now to continue to grow your business or survive; to talking and learning from others at the celebration of Forest enterprise.

Business Start-up Workshop 16th September

Over the last three years, the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs has run its half day Business Start-up Workshop about twice a year in the spring and the autumn. Over 70 people have attended previous sessions and their feedback shows the workshop was useful in helping them decide whether self-employment was an option for them or not. As business people ourselves, we recognised that deciding not to start is an equally good outcomes to starting.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining what you will sell
  • How to get started
  • What support is there locally

We would encourage anyone who is considering starting a business in the Forest of Dean to attend this session on 16th September 9.00-12.30 at Coleford Town Council Offices. So please spread the word.

The cost is only £12, or free if you are on Jobseekers Allowance – to book your place or to find out more about other start-up business support locally, please call Andrew Maliphant on 07772 053778 to ask any question!

Autumn Courses and Workshops

Many thanks to everyone, who has already completed our short on-line survey to help plan our autumn programme of workshops. This has given us a good number of responses on which to make decisions. But we want more- please!

If you haven’t already done the survey then time is running out for you to influence the training that we can provide to help you start or grow your business. The survey closes on 13th September 2015.

Please follow this link to answer our quick survey, which gives you the chance to have your say in confidence. There is a draw at the end of the survey, and the winner will get a free course of their choice, which may be your own special subject that you can’t find elsewhere.

Forest Enterprise Fair 2015

For the third year we are running the only event in the Forest of Dean dedicated to small and start-up businesses on Monday 16th November from 12.30 – 8 pm at the Speech House Hotel.

As well as opportunities for promoting your business and gathering a range of technical advice, this FREE event offers:

  • Three free seminars on marketing, use of the media and business development
  • A business networking event from 6 pm
  • Professional photographer to take business “head shots”
  •  “Ask The Expert” desk
  •  Private rooms for one-to-one business meetings

What you need to do now is firstly, put the date in your diary to attend and gain knowledge and skills to grow your business. Secondly, consider whether you might wish to take a stand for the day. To find out more about a stand use our contact form and one of the volunteer organising committee will contact you.

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