Business Basics Workshops

Designed to get your business running smoothly and efficiently.

Whether you are starting out or already running a business, it's important that you run it correctly, that is:

  • You remain legal - for HR, tax
  • You run it efficiently - not wasting money unnecessarily
  • You grow at the rate you want to
  • You make a profit!

Our 'Business Basics' workshops enable you to do that as they cover the processes you need to run a business. The subjects may not be as glamorous as sales and marketing but they are vital to a successful business.

We run these workshops as part of our general programme, so if you don't see the one you are interested in listed below, please get in touch and we'll put you on the waiting list.

Notes showing some of the things a start-up business has to think about
There are so many things to think about when you are running a business.

Details of our ‘Business Basics’ workshops

Every business needs some sort of business plan and whilst a full document is required if you are going for finance or investment, most of the time a simple one page plan is sufficient. It will help get your thoughts in order, if nothing else. Whether you are just starting out in business or already established and needing to work out your next steps, we think you will find this workshop useful.

We take you through the process of constructing your one-page plan, looking at what you're selling, to whom, how you're running the company and planning your next steps. There's lots of helpful discussion as we complete the document and you end up with something that you can use to keep yourself on track.

If you are looking for business finance, you will need a complete business plan. It is a comprehensive document that covers all aspects of running a business from sales and marketing through to finance and HR.

This workshop takes you through the various sections you need in the plan. We show you what information is required for each section and how you might gather it. By the end of the workshop, you will have a good starting point for the document and know what you need to do to complete the plan.

A basic knowledge of accounting is vital for all owners of a business, whatever its size. It lets you take control of the business. Even if you let your accountant do all the hard work, you need to know what they are talking about.

We will guide us through the jargon of accounting and explain in plain English what it all means. We will cover:

  • Basic accounting terminology
  • Understanding your accounts
  • Basic tax rules: what you can and can’t claim for
  • How to keep records for your business

We follow this with a look at the online tools and apps avaiable to help you.

Before a business can grow, it's worth looking at how well it is running. After all, there's no point wasting all the extra money you are going to make by running inefficiently. You want the business to make you more money but what's the best way to achieve this?

In this workshop we look at the various ways a business can become inefficient and how to make it run more smoothly. We give you techniques and method to identify ways to improve your business and identify tools that will help you do so.

Data protection is very important to your business - both protecting your clients' data and your own and all businesses have to comply with GDPR, so do you know whether you are compliant?

This workshop gives you an introduction in plain English to the steps you need to take to ensure that your business is compliant with the regulations. It also provides tips to help secure your data.

  • Do you know the best price for your products and/or services?
  • Could you charge more or should you be charging less?
  • Do you know how to estimate for a job?

Working out how much you should charge for a product or service can be hard. Sometimes it feels as though you are a magician making numbers appear out of thin air. Yet there is a logic to pricing and the aim of this workshop is to show you how to apply it to your business.

In this workshop you learn about the different ways price can be calculated. We show you what influences the price and how you can make sure that your price covers your true cost.

This is a practical workshop that works through a real world example which can then be translated across to look at your own business pricing strategy.