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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Hotel du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells

Crescent Road

Royal Tunbridge Wells, 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.   Plus, our special guest, Sarah Raven, will share personal tips on how she has grown a global, multi-faceted business from her kitchen table.

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 the Hotel du Vin, which is conveniently located a short walk from the station and town centre.

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 ~ Paula Hutchings, marketing strategist, 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.

  • 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:

Sarah Raven is best known for her work as a gardener, presenter and author but she also studied medicine at the University of London and then worked as a junior doctor before starting her own business from her kitchen table.  Sarah has written a number of bestselling gardening and cookery books, and runs a range of courses from her home at Perch Hill in East Sussex and she will be sharing her own experiences on starting out and giving invaluable insight into growing and developing your brand and products.  During Afternoon Tea, Sarah will be chatting to guests and signing a selection of her cookery and gardening books.

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

Paula Hutchings is an international marketing expert whose company, Marketing Vision, advises small businesses.  She is a regular CL contributor.

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 businesses featured in our Kitchen Table Talent series.


When:  Thursday 2 March 2017 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Where:  Hotel du Vin, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LY

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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