Country Living's Build-a-Business Day
Country Living's Build-a-Business Day

Country Living's Build-a-Business Day

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Malmaison Leeds

1 Swinegate

Leeds, United Kingdom

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If you are thinking of turning a hobby or skill into a small business, CL’s one day course will give you the motivation and guidance you need to get started. Just as relevant to recent start-ups, the straightforward advice from our business experts will help you set your strategy and will give you the confidence to make the leap.

The day features a programme of informative talks, workshops and Q&A sessions hosted by business experts, other small company owners and members of the Country Living team.  Numbers are limited to 50 and there will be opportunities to chat to our experts and network with fellow guests throughout the day.  The course takes place in the elegant surroundings of Malmaison Leeds, which is conveniently located a short walk from the main station.

What we will cover:

  • Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start your Own Business ~ Fiona Davies, business manager of ‘Women in Rural Enterprise’ offers advice for taking the first steps.

  • Defining your Brand & Setting your Direction ~ a workshop to help you identify your USP and write a business strategy.

  • How to Get your Product into Country Living!  ~ Insider tips on getting your product spotted for the magazine pages.

  • De-Mystfying Social Media ~ Emma-Louise Pritchard, CL Web Editor, gives an overview of how to use social media to reach a global audience.

  • We Did it! ~ Two small businesses (from CL’s ‘Kitchen Table Talent’ series) offer experience-based advice on what has worked for them.

  • Going Global from Yorkshire ~ Julie Dodsworth, successful entrepreneur and designer.

  • Have the Confidence to Make the Leap ~ CL Editor Susy Smith.

 What is included:

The ticket price includes morning coffee, buffet lunch, and afternoon tea.  All guests receive comprehensive course information and a Country Living goody bag to take home, plus entry into a prize draw competition.

What previous attendees have said:

            ‘A really positive and practical day, which was so inspiring.’

            ‘The networking was amazing.’

            ‘My head is full of new ideas and I feel more confident with the business side of

            selling my artwork.’

 Tutors, Speakers & Special Guests:

Fiona Davies is the business manager of WiRE, with many years experience of advising small businesses, many in rural bases.   She writes regularly for CL

Emma-Louise Pritchard is CL’s Web Editor and has been responsible for driving the brands’s social media strategy and growing our Twitter and Facebook followers.

Julie Dodsworth is an artist and designer who launched a successful business from the narrow boat, where she still lives.  Starting out with designs for friends, she has gone on to many successful collaborations with global brands including Barbour and Dartington.

Susy Smith, has been Editor-in-chief of CL for over 20 years, diversifying the brand and maintaining its position as the UK’s number one homes title.

You will also meet members of the CL editorial team and small local businesses featured in our Kitchen Table Talent series.


When:  Thursday 9 February 2017 from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Where:   Malmaison Leeds, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LE1 4AG

Price: £150  (includes VAT, booking fee, lunch, goody bag and course information pack)*

Numbers:  50 places

* additional charge will apply for credit card bookings

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