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With our Start-Up series of workshops we will help you learn all the fundamentals of business
start-up. On completion of the programme you should have the first draft of your business plan and a better understanding of where you would like to take things next!
No experience necessary.


Dates, Workshops and Content subject to change. All workshops take place at Knowledge Dock, Docklands Campus

1 | Ideation

TUESDAY 28th MAY | 10-12

‘Ideation’ is the creative process of generating and developing new ideas. A great session for those who want to start a business but are yet to find their light-bulb moment.

2 | Business Planning

TUESDAY 4th JUNE | 10-12

Learn the key components of a business plan and how they work together to demonstrate viability. Explore a number of tools which will leave you with an actionable blue print to start your business.

3 | Company Structures

TUESDAY 11th JUNE | 10-1

Know the difference between sole traders, freelancers and self-employed? We will help you understand the various legal structures and responsibilities as a small business owner and help identify the right solution for your product/service based business.

4 | Market Research

TUESDAY 4th JUNE | 10-1 

‘Ideation’ is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. This interactive session will challenge, refine and develop your business idea.

5 | Marketing Strategies


An introduction to various marketing techniques and channels. We will explore traditional and digital methods and what is the most effective route of communication based on your customer profiles. Learn how to nurture this relationship and turn customers into advocates of your brand?

6 | Tax & HMRC


What are your responsibilities as a business owner in terms of Tax and NI implications? Find out the benefits and exemptions for those running their own business.

7 | Finance & Cash Flow

TUESDAY 9th JULY | 1-3:30  

Learn the basics of book-keeping and how to keep an eye on the finances. Get up to speed on the financial jargon such as margins, gross profit, assets and capital. Test how financially viable your business is in this practical session which will have you filling in spreadsheets and understanding financial modelling.

8 | Pitching, Networking and Sales

TUESDAY 16th JULY | 10-1

Develop a targeted sales pitch, preparing yourself to effectively talk about yourself and your company. Together we’ll work on curating a strategic outreach plan to help you develop your network and explore useful tools and techniques to help you make that first sale.