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Basildon Business Support Workshops 2017/18

A series of mostly FREE business support workshops, open to Basildon based companies and businesses both large and small.

Basildon Council's Economic Development Team has been working closely with the Basildon Business Group (BBG) to establish just what kind of support local businesses could benefit from most in these challenging times.

As a result of their findings the Council and BBG have arranged the following series of events specifically intended to benefit local businesses, both large and small, to whom we are offering FREE registration to attend any or all of these events.

Perhaps you want to sharpen your skills in a particular business area, or maybe you're looking for new opportunities to connect with other businesses in the borough. Whatever you're looking for, chances are we've got it covered in this range of events specifically designed with local businesses in mind.

Business Event partners

BBG Logo   Pro-actions This link opens in a new browser window  Ignite Logo This link opens in a new browser window  BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser window  Enterprise Europe Network Logo (Small) This link opens in a new browser window

Free Online registration for businesses based in the Basildon

Thanks to the support of our Business Event partners, registration to attend most of the following Business Support events is entirely FREE of charge but restricted to businesses based in the Basildon Borough.

Business Support Workshops Calendar

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowSo you think you need a website?

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Monday 27 November 2017
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 3.30pm - 5pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - So you think you need a website?.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay,  use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Every business needs a website right? Or are other marketing channels sufficient for your company? In this Online training you'll find out how to understand your client base and reach and to learn if and how a website could extend your customer base.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowHow to do HR with no HR Department

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Thursday 30 November
  • Room 2, The Basildon Centre (Basildon Council's town centre offices). Get directions 
  • 9.30am-12.30pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - How to do HR with no HR Department.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use these three hours to make a real difference to your future.

If you are a start-up, sole trader or micro business looking to take on staff then this workshop will help you to understand your options and highlight what you need to consider. Find out what you need to know about Employment Law and review different employment contracts. Understand the difference between employing contractors vs PAYE and also the various HR outsourcing models that exist to support you in this minefield if you are the HR manager among many other roles.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowHow to Blog and Vlog

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 12.30pm- 2.00pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - How to Blog and Vlog.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Blogging and vlogging are all the rage when it comes to sharing information with an audience. Whether you prefer to be behind or in front of the camera they can be great tools for new customer engagement or re-engagement with former clients. In this online seminar find out what you need to consider and techniques to make your blog or vlog be noticed and have a positive impact.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowAccessing Finance for your Business or Venture

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 6pm-7.30pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - Accessing Finance for your Business or Venture.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

This Investment Readiness workshop will give you insight into what financers want to see in a business before parting with their money. You will be able to review your own business and finance plans and see if you can meet the requirements with the help of investment specialists. If your business is not currently accessing finance due to risk of other factors you will be able to prepare an action plan to make your company investment ready.

This online training will not include practical activities and will cover key points only; you will also have the option to ask the experts online.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowCrisis Management - how to avoid and handle bad publicity

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 6pm-7.30pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - Crisis Management - how to avoid and handle bad publicity.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

In business, it's always important to have a Plan B that you can instigate if something bad happens. A crisis management plan is a step by step guide of what to do when the 'proverbial' hits the fan. This session looks at how and what you should communicate to your staff and (if required) the media.

Review what constitutes a crisis for your business and what the implications might be. You will then formalise how to protect your brand equity in the event of bad publicity.

This session is aimed at Marketing, PR and General Management personnel and is suitable for both start-up and established businesses.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowMarketing -Building a Better Image (Brand Identity)

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 3pm- 4.30pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - Marketing -Building a Better Image (Brand Identity).
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Build a new brand identity. Whether you are a new or established business a fab brand can really set you apart from the competition. This session will help you create or refine your brand and design an advertisement to promote it. We will also look at your buyer personas and check if your brand will resonate with them. NB The online training session will not include the practical activity.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowProduct Safety Ask the Expert

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Friday 5 January 2018
  • Online training (1 hour)
  • 2pm- 3pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - Product Safety Ask the Expert.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

If you are selling or thinking of selling a product and have not sought product safety advice then you should not miss this session. Find out some key information about the legislations and fire questions at our expert in the field.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowMarketing and PR 'Surprise' Workshop

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Saturday 13 January 2018
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 10am-11.30am
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - Marketing & PR 'Surprise' Workshop.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Learn multiple new marketing skills and techniques. You will find out on the day which topic you will be learning adding a dimension of guesswork! However the types of subjects you're likely to encounter are: how to film on your smart phone, how to carry out an effective PR stunt, how to write a good press release that will be noticed or something else! The only thing that is guaranteed is that you will participate in enjoyable activities and come away with a new marketing skill you can use in your business straight away. This is suitable for individuals in businesses from start-up to established who have a marketing function.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

BEST Business Solutions Logo This link opens in a new browser windowHow to Get People Saying Good things about your Business

Business Workshop with BEST for Business Solutions

  • Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Online training (1.5 hours)
  • 12.30pm-2pm
  • FREE to businesses based in the Basildon Borough but spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.
  • REGISTER NOW FOR - How to Get People Saying Good things about your Business.
  • Booking is essential and there are limited places. Don't delay, use this 1 and a half hour workshop to make a real difference to your future.

Unique selling points (USPs) are a must have for any competitive business. In this session we will formalise your own USPs and then look at how these can be replicated in your sales collateral. We'll look at key stakeholders in your business (staff, customers and suppliers) and how to use their words to help build your brand reputation. Also incorporating how to create a satisfaction survey. In the online session you will focus on certain examples which you can then relate to your business and will not have the practical activity.

For a complete list of available BEST for Business Solutions workshops (both online and at various locations), see BEST for Business Solutions - All Available Workshops.

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