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Business Start Up

Don't go it alone - we can support you

 

We know first-hand how challenging starting up a business can be. Feeling on your own, uncertain of what to do first, with no plan in place it can feel overwhelming.

We also know how rewarding it can be when you get it right from the outset, which is why we offer a range of free fully funded* business support to help get your new venture up and running.

Here at Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Of Commerce as part of the Start-Up Programme we offer a blend of FREE workshops and 1:1 business coaching and mentoring to accelerate your business growth. 

Whatever type of business you hope to establish there are certain critical elements that our Start-Up Programme can help you with:

What’s included in the business support?
  • 1:1 Business Coaching - We have a team of skilled and experienced business coaches to guide you on growing your business.
  • Core Workshops - Covering, business planning, financial planning, and marketing so you have business fundamentals in place.
  • Masterclasses - Covering, social media, branding, networking and way more. Designed to help you to learn new skills, tips and tricks so you can take action.

Discover more about our wide range of workshops: Click here to view upcoming workshops on our Start Up EventBrite booking page. 

Don't go it alone - get in touch today

Our experienced team will guide you step by step on all aspects of business growth. So If you need a sounding board for your ideas; have practical or technical questions, need to up-skill your knowledge, or maybe you want more people to know about your business.

We’re here to help you to maximise your potential and increase your chances of success.

Take advantage of the FREE fully funded* 12 hours of business support. If you are in Coventry or Warwickshire you may be eligible.

FAQ
  • Do I need to have registered as a business?
    No, we can support you with our Start-Up Programme before you have registered as a business, and we can provide guidance on how to register your business.
  • I have already registered as a business, can I get support?
    Yes, we can support you with our Start-Up Programme if you are a limited company or registered as a sole trader. You need to have been trading for under 12 months in Coventry or less than 24 months in Warwickshire.
  • Will, it cost me anything to be on the Start-Up Programme?
    No, our support is free and fully funded* so do take advantage of accredited mentors and specialist support.
What are my next steps?

Please click here to complete ourexpression of interest form.

All Presenters

  • John Fitzgerald - Warwickshire Start-Up Business Advisor
  • Sam Yair - Warwickshire Start-Up Business Advisor
  • Rita Booth - Warwickshire Start-Up Business Advisor
  • Jo Prosser - Coventry Start-Up Business Advisor
  • Wendy Brown - Coventry Start-Up Business Advisor

Case Studies

Workshops and Masterclasses

These are all our workshops and masterclasses our workshops are for small groups of approximately for ten people where they are fully integrated with a series of exercises that are to be completed then shared with the group for a joint solution to the individual business critical exercises. From hearing your own and others responding to the exercises create a very powerful and thought provoking solutions to key business areas that will open your mind to be able to deliver and run your new business venture. Collaborative growth and learning adds to a more successful start-up business. 

Our Masterclass e.g. Linkedin, Amazon etc come from current and successful business owners that specialise in there field. These Masterclasses give current and proven advise, industry knowledge and top tips into each individual sector to give you that confidence and knowledge to either delivery these skill sets yourself for your own business or to be able to brief a specialist company in to doing it for you.

The classes are predominately between Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30/1:30pm via a live Zoom link. Which you will be sent before hand. As long as you are eligible please talk to us about the classes you would like to attend. Please feel free to talk to us about any questions you might have. We are always happy to talk.

Thinking of Starting a Business

This is an exploratory session covering the challenges of being self-employed and business structures & compliance. It is targeted at those clients who have not yet started their business.

Workshop Covers
  • Self Employed
  • Business Structure
  • Compliance
  • Business Plan
  • Who is your Audience
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or email businesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

  

Session 1 of 3 - Business Vision and Strategy

This workshop is the first of 3 sessions for new start-ups. It will help delegates to consider and map out their vision for the new business and to consider the various strategies that they will need to achieve their vision. This session is aimed at clients that are considering starting a business or those that have been trading less than twelve months.

Workshop Covers
  • 5 Year Vision Plan
  • SWOT Analysis
  • 5 Year Success Criteria
  • Cashflow Forecasting
  • and so much more...
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or email businesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Session 2 of 3 - Winning and Keeping Customer

 

This workshop is the second of 3 sessions for new start-ups. This workshop will help delegates to develop their marketing strategies by understanding their target audience, the various elements of how a marketing strategy needs to fit together to work, their time constraints and how to keep customers once they have been secured.

Workshop Covers
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Target Audience
  • Keeping Customers
  • Strategy
  • and so much more...
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or email businesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Session 3 of 3 - Business Planning

This workshop is the last of 3 sessions for new start-ups.

This third interactive session pulls together the learnings from our Vision and Strategy and Winning and Keeping Customers Courses enabling you to create a detailed business plan. We will be writing an Executive Summary for your business, exploring potential risks and their mitigation and will be reviewing your competition and market position as well as completing a SWOT analysis of where you are currently. We will also go back over some of the finances and resources required.

At the end of this session you will have the full set of documentation required to write a full business plan having completed an Executive Summary, Risk Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Competitor Research and Market positioning Charts

Workshop Covers
  • Executive Summary
  • Exploring Risks
  • Review Competition
  • SWOT Analysis
  • and so much more...
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Writing Your Business Plan

This workshop is about how to create a well structured business proposal to present to key stakeholders such as bank, loan and grant providers.

Workshop Covers
  • Setting Goals and Objectives
  • Tailoring the Plan for Loan Applications
  • The Executive Summary
  • Demonstrating Viability
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Finance and Accountancy for Start-Ups

Detailed information about this class is on its way.

Workshop Covers
  • Intro into Finance, Taxation and How to be Successful
  • Self Employed or Limited
  • Understanding Finance, Admin and Reports
  • how Tax Works & Top Tips
  • and so much more...
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

What is a Brand and How to create one!

The course will provide an introduction to the importance of branding, where to begin and how to grow your brand image. By the end of the course, participants should be equipped with a foundation of knowledge to help them shape their own brands moving forward.

Workshop Covers
  • Mission Statement & Strap-line
  • Personas - Know your Customers
  • Watch your Competitors
  • Choosing a Company Name
  • Branding Tools
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

Introduction to Websites and Wordpress

This masterclass will cover a range of areas that need to be considered for new startup businesses when it comes to your website.

In this masterclass we will look at website goals and how to achieve them, including:

  • Why do you want a website? What makes it better than other forms of marketing?
  • Which platform to choose for your website, covering domains and hosting options
  • How to structure your website
  • What to put on your website - includes copywriting tips
  • Best practice website usability [ease of use & understanding by your visitors]
  • Choosing images
  • Website basics - page speed, mobile friendly, Google friendly
  • Making sure it works with Google's Search Console
  • Google Analytics and what they mean
  • Websites are a powerful tool in your marketing armoury - make sure you know how to maximise yours.
Workshop Covers
  • What is a Website and Wordpress
  • Where to Host & SEO
  • Branding & Choosing a Theme
  • The Dashboard & Page Layout
  • Building a Website
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or email businesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Creating Marketing Content and Where To Use It

This workshop will focus on how to create simple and effective content for your business marketing.

If you have questions about what to post on social media, how to find time to create the content, or when to send it out, then this workshop is for you.

Great content will help your business grow, through sending out the right messages to your target audience, helping you to become a trustworthy authority in your field and, ultimately, increase sales!

What you will learn on the day:

  • Why businesses must embrace social media marketing
  • Easy steps to building a long-term content marketing strategy
  • Re-purposing your content to reach a wider audience
  • Why storytelling is effective in growing your business
  • Creating a lead magnet to grow your audience
  • Types of content that works (and why it works)
  • The pitfalls of generic content
  • What tools are available to help create content
  • Having an appropriate follow-up process in place


This workshop is for start-up businesses wanting to learn the steps to creating a simple yet effective content marketing strategy to grow their business.

Workshop Covers
  • Why Embrace Social Media
  • Long Term Content Strategy
  • Re-Purposing
  • Story Telling
  • and lots more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

LinkedIn MasterClass

This workshop is for businesses to learn how to make the best use of LinkedIn as part of a marketing strategy.

LinkedIn recently announced record levels of engagement. The platform has been growing rapidly since Microsoft took it over in 2016, and it is now so much more than just a place for recruiters and job-seekers – it is now for all business professionals.

What you will learn on the day:

  • How to optimise your profile
  • Making the best first impression
  • What to write and when to post it
  • How to curate the perfect audience
  • How to reach your ideal client
  • The difference between posts and articles
  • Why you should engage and be social
  • How to prove you know what you are doing
  • Why you should have a content marketing strategy
Workshop Covers
  • Optimise Your Profile
  • What to Write
  • When to Post
  • Reach Your Ideal Client
  • and lots more...
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

How Facebook Can Support Your Start-Up Business

This workshop will focus on making the most of the world’s largest social media platform for your business.

One third of the global population uses Facebook, including over 140 million small businesses.

If you have questions about how to use Facebook for business, what to post and when to post it, as well as how to leverage the platform for your gain, then this is the workshop for you.

What you will learn on the day:

  • How to optimise your Facebook business page
  • Creating content and when to post it
  • How to create and grow an audience
  • The best types of engagement
  • Why you should not focus on vanity metrics
  • How to leverage Facebook Stories
  • Why you should not use your personal page for business
  • Why Facebook are focussing on private communities
  • The difference between boosting and ads

This workshop is for start-up businesses wanting to learn the best way to use Facebook to grow their business as a key part of their marketing strategy.

Workshop Covers
  • Optimise Your Facebook Business Page
  • Content & Grow Your Audience
  • Engagement & Facebook Stories
  • Private Communities
  • Boosting and Ads
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Instagram for Start-Ups

This is a friendly workshop where you'll learn how to use Instagram to help grow your business, reach more customers and use it to help generate more leads and sales.

What will this workshop cover?

  • Creating a profile with impact and why it's so importantWays to use Instagram effectively to reach your target audience and increase your followers
  • Creating a powerful hashtag strategy
  • How to plan engaging content that avoids the 'hard sell'
  • The amazing things you can do with Instagram stories and why they are so brilliant for business
  • How to use Instagram insights to learn more about your customers
  • Is influencer marketing right for you?


What you need:

There will be some practical elements so it would be useful to have an Instagram account created prior to the workshop.

Workshop Covers
  • Impactful Profile
  • Increase Followers
  • Hashtag Strategies
  • Instagram Stories
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Elevate Your Networking

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Workshop Covers

  • Understanding Networking
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Increase your Networking
  • Gain More Business
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or email businesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Email Marketing and MailChimp

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Workshop Covers
  • What is Email Marketing
  • Strategy, Planning & Tactics
  • Introduction to Mailchimp
  • How to Build and Broadcast
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

Getting Started On Amazon As An Online Seller

Online selling continues to grow year upon year. This workshop will show you how to get started with selling on Amazon, including pitfalls to watch out for.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Sellers who may or may not be selling online yet, and who want to boost their online sales.

TOPICS COVERERED

  • Online Selling. What is FBA?
  • Getting Started
  • Amazon Fees
  • Finding a Product to sell
  • Sourcing your Product
  • Alibaba
  • Shipping
  • Samples
  • Inspections
  • Private Label
  • FBA
  • Straight to Amazon or to you first?
  • Ranking/Campaigns
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Other Platforms
  • Q & A
Workshop Covers
  • Amazon Fees
  • Finding a Product to Sell
  • Shipping
  • FBA & Ranking/Campaigns
  • and so so much more
BOOK NOW Call 02476 654 321 Opt 4

or emailbusinesssupport@cw-chamber.co.uk

or click here to register for the FREE Start-up Business Support with our expression of interest form where as long as you are eligable you will have FREE access to all our amazing workshops and masterclasses.

 

See who we have helped already!

Watch the short videos below to discover some of the businesses we have supported recently

Coventry Start-Up Business Showcase**

Warwickshire Start-Up Business Showcase** 

*This activity forms part of the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Support Programme, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This start up support service is also part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, forming part of the CW Business: Start, Grow and Scale Programme. It is also funded by Warwickshire County Council and the 5 Warwickshire District & Borough councils.

** VideoMusic 'Want To Get' by Motif courtesy of I'm Not A Machine

 

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