We run lots of different free workshops so you know what to prepare for. Our recent workshop at The Place on Platt Lane in Fallowfield focused on market stall and online trading.
Running for eight weeks, attendees picked up the knowledge and skills to run their market business successfully. At the end of the course, participants could apply for a grant of up to £500 to help their business idea move forward.
Gala Mohamed had recently started her own cake-making business, and found out about the workshop by reading Inspire Magazine:
“I found out about the retail workshop just by chance. I had received the magazine through my letterbox, and I looked through it and found this course. Before this I was really struggling to find a direction to take my business in. I spoke to Wayne (our enterprise adviser) and he directed me to this course.
“The business had really only started as a hobby. I was making cakes for my kids’ parties and for family birthdays. I noticed that there was a market for the cakes and so I decided to turn it into a business.
“I wanted to find out about things like the legal requirements for starting a business and the course was so useful. Before I came here I had no idea where to go or what to do.
“The grant that I received at the end of the course was a huge help to the business. It allowed me to buy the equipment I needed and has really put me ahead of the competition.”
Helen Birch also attended the course and found it was a huge help in her busy life:
“I have so many different projects on the go, and multitasking means that I’ve never used a diary so much in my life. I have to write a list of all my tasks. Having the time during the week to come down to The Place allowed me to focus purely on my business which was great.
“It was a very professional setting but still relaxed enough that you could always ask any questions that you needed to. It gave us loads of opportunities to consider different possibilities for our business, and it was good fun.”
If you would like to find out more about our business workshops, phone Wayne on 0161 274 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org