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7-10 Brindley Place


B1 2TZ

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This is the 14th anniversary of Small Business Advice Week and its focus is to shine the light on the backbone of the UK economy.

Small businesses represent 60% of all private employment in the UK, with further growth expected*

Our Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that:

  • Only 38% of small business owners know where to go to for advice
  • Only 33% have the right access to networks of relevant advisors.

To support Small Business Advice Week #NatWestBoot are holding an action packed one stop market place for local businesses and professionals to Network, Collaborate and receive support and guidance to help your business grow.

On the day there will be 4 interactive seminars on a range of topics including blogging for your business, making tax digital, business consultancy service and Cyber Crime protection.

There will also be a number of exhibitors including local business, key NatWest Partners and business support networks.

We look forward to seeing you on the day, you are welcome to stop for the whole day and listen to all the speakers or you can attend the ones that you feel would most benefit you and your business

We hope this valuable advice will be the key to unlocking your business growth potential.

Agenda for day

10:00 – Registration, refreshments and meet the businesses.

11:00am to 11:45am

Protecting you and your business from Cyber Crime – Gary Sirrell from West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit and Gemma Beardmore & Anish Chauhan – Equilibrium Security.

Detective Sergeant Gary Sirrell is a Cyber Protect Officer within the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU). WMROCU has the responsibility of protecting the communities in the West Midlands from serious organised crime. At this workshop, Gary will be talking about the current cyber threat landscape, and the UK Cyber Strategy, whilst also providing some local case studies.

Equilibrium Security is a specialist Cyber Security consultancy firm based in Birmingham City Centre. They work with businesses to protect their most important asset their data. Equilibrium Security has a proven industry track record. They have implemented multi-tiered infrastructure security solutions for many large organisations including NHS trusts, financial organisations, and legal firms.

Equilibrium will run a Live Hack Demonstration to show how easy it is for Cyber Criminals to access your data. They will then provide steps that you can take to protect your data and how they can support your business to protect you from cyber threats

12:00noon to 12:45 –

Making Tax Digital / Free Agent - Shohaib Shafiq ACMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant and owner of Integrity Accountancy Services Limited

Shohaib is a Chartered Management Accountant, with over 20 years accountancy experience and a Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA). Shohaib specialises in offering business consultancy and compliance services for SME’s based in Birmingham,

Shohaib will deliver a “Digital Accounting Masterclass” for Business Owners which will include an over view of Making Tax Digital, top tips about tax and the benefit to your business of using a digital accounts package.

13:00pm – Lunch (There are onsite facilities where you can purchase a range of refreshments and food)

14:00pm to 14:45pm-

Lead generation strategy – Richard Hunter Rice - Sales & Marketing Strategist and owner of Minerva Growth Ltd.

Richard is a Sales and Marketing Strategist with over 30 years of business experience, everything from start-ups, to family businesses to working for global corporations.

Minerva Growth specialises in working with small and medium sized business owners to achieve dynamic results and grow their revenue & profits.

Richard will deliver an overview on how any business can generate as many leads as they can handle.

15:00pm to 16:00pm –

Blogging for your business – Philip Choi – Freelance WordPress specialist and owner of “The Blog Trainer”

Philip is a freelance WordPress specialist helping businesses create and manage websites and blogs through training. He is based in Birmingham and has over 10 years experience in design, support for WordPress. He has created a special workshop for #NatWestBoost to help businesses get the most out of blogging and sharing on social media.

Phil will deliver the workshop with a live demonstration on a real WordPress blog. You may bring a laptop or tablet if you wish to follow and try any tools featured in the workshop.

Introduction to WordPress, Creating blogs for better SEO, How to craft a great blog post, Tools and apps to help you create better content, Driving social followers to your blog

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