Advance Into Business

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Are you over 40 and...

Retired? Recently redundant? Unemployed? Looking for your next challenge? Yes? Then this is the course for you!

Advance Into Business is an innovative 6-workshop programme aimed at over 40's.

Each workshop includes access to expert training and educational materials including workbooks and canvases.


What is included in the programme?

  • 6 training workshops covering key business areas

  • Dedicated support in writing your business plan

  • Professional business support from experienced advisors & expert speakers

  • Access to 3 Colbea training workshops of your choice for no cost*


A £50 refundable booking fee applies. Once you have completed the entire programme, you will receive your booking fee back to you. Places for this programme are limited so book to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to discuss the programme or have any queries, please contact Colbea on 01206 548833 or email enquiries@colbea.co.uk.

* Subject to availability. Valid for workshops before May 2021.




COURSE DATES & TOPICS

Workshop 1 - Thursday 21st May 2020 - Values and Transferable Skills
The first workshop is all about getting to know your mentor, trainer and fellow candidates, who you will be building relationships with throughout this journey as you support each other. You will uncover why you want to set up your own business. Your trainer will provide the tools needed to mentally prepare you for changing your current reality and taking your idea from plan to profit; engaging with your vision and core values.

Workshop 2 - Thursday 4th June 2020 - Developing Your Personal Brand
Workshop 2 will help you to build credibility and visibility and gain the confidence to get started. You will learn how to develop a strategy using social media, with a focus on LinkedIn. The aim of this workshop is to help you to build confidence in communication and start building your brand.

Workshop 3 - Thursday 18th June 2020 - The Business Planning Process
This workshop is all about your business idea; relating your personal purpose to the business purpose and validating your idea with research and activity. You will develop a strong business plan covering; market, reach, finance, ecological sustainability and the means of learning. This workshop will also cover an what startup financing is available, and an introduction to the nine building blocks of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) and how we use it to define the narrative of our business.

Workshop 4 - Thursday 2nd July 2020 - Achieving Operational Excellence
You will be presented with a series of tools and approaches that underpin your strategy as a business or freelancer, including setting up; managing money; budgeting for the business; marketing management systems, platforms and umbrella organisations for the freelance lifestyle.

Workshop 5 - Thursday 16th July 2020 - Ready-Steady-Go
Covering the bases and starting to trade, this workshop is about the customer journey, building a team and leadership. You will learn how to create brand loyalty and a business that makes customers feel a part of something. This includes what key metrics you should be monitoring and how you can embed learning into the business. A 90-day strategy document will be created, of actions and deliverables.

Workshop 6 - Thursday 30th July 2020 - Reflections on The Journey
The final workshop will teach you how to managing growth and where to go from here. You will think about an exit plan and why this matters, as well as why it’s important to constantly assess the current business model by using the BMC. The goal for you after completion of this course is to continue innvoating and gathering new customers to continue developing the business.


YOUR SUPPORTERS

Trainer: James Cracknell
SFEDI accredited business advisor James Cracknell has been working in this capacity across Essex and Suffolk for the past 6 years. He also has experience in establishing co-operative, social enterprise and charity organisations. He has worked with Colbea and MENTA in Suffolk as a business advisor and mentor. James has close ties with the University of Essex and has facilitated their I-Teams programme for the last 2 years.


Mentor: Mandeep Gabhari
Mandeep has run numerous businesses within the hospitality sector ranging from restaurants to event management. Mandeep has also undertaken several voluntary roles as a steward, taught business in Spain, and is a Trustee Director for Vision Redbridge. Since 2003, he has been a mentor and business speaker on the Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme and is a Colbea Business Advisor.


All courses take place from 9.30am - 12.30pm in the Crompton Room at The Civic Centre, Chelmsford, Duke Street, CM1 1JE.

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This course is funded by the European Union European Social Fund.


Accessibility, Equality and Diversity

Colbea is committed to ensuring accessibility, equality and diversity in the provision of all services where possible. Please get in touch with the Colbea team today by email enquiries@colbea.co.uk or by calling 01206 548833 for more information and to assess specific needs.

If possible, we politely request that you contact Colbea in advance of your booking to ensure you let us know of any specific requirements (including but not limited to accessibility needs, or dietary requirements) that you may require prior to booking so that these can be discussed and reasonable adjustments can be made. We will also ask upon booking whether you require any adjustments, and where you respond “Yes”, we will contact you via the details you provide to discuss these.

For any questions, please contact us on 01206 548833

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