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Mersey Entrepreneurs Targeted By Free Advice Workshops August 22, 2008

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A leading Merseyside business support agency is staging a series of free advice workshops for recently established small businesses covering a range of issues including book-keeping, tax and e-marketing.

The workshops are being staged by Blue Orchid at its Old Hall Street offices in the Cotton Exchange as well as locations across the region and places must be pre-booked in advance.

Blue Orchid director Chris Brown said the events are designed to help smaller businesses which need additional expertise and guidance.

“Small businesses do not have the luxury of large numbers of staff for every discipline,” she said. “These events focus on areas which require specialist knowledge and expertise. The workshops are run by people who understand the pressures of running a business. We offer practical advice which focuses on improving firm’s profitability and efficiency.”

Click ‘more’ for the full events timetable.

Finance and tax matters – Complete Your Self Assessment

An essential full day course for anyone who is registered as Self Employed, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will take you through how to complete your Self Assessment Forms step by step. Includes lunch.

September 10, 10am – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

September 18, 10am – 4pm Alexander Hall, Heswall, Wirral.

December 9, 10am – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Book-Keeping Basics

Understanding how your accounts work and managing them is often a skill which new businesses are baffled by! This short course will teach you the basics of how to manage your books and you will take away a simple manual bookkeeping system which you can understand and use. Includes lunch.

September 9, 10am – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

November 19, 10am – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Staying on top of tax matters

A session covering self assessment, how to complete a tax return and advice on expenses includes refreshments.

October 23, 1pm – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Planning your business workshop

A full day session for would be entrepreneurs examining business plans, financial control and market research includes lunch.

September 17, 10 – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

October 15, 10 – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

November 13, 10 – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Practical Selling Skills

An interactive course teaching you successful selling techniques. The course will provide an overview of sales theory alongside practical opportunities for testing your skills in a ‘safe’ environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a follow up clinic after the event with a business advisor.

November 6, 10 – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Guerrilla Marketing – What Is It, How To Do It, & Why It Can Help Your Business

A fun and interactive workshop which will help you find tools to grow your business! Guerrilla marketing is all about using non standard ways of getting publicity for your business – often on a shoestring. This short course will motivate and inspire you as well as show you ways to increase your revenue through employing Guerrilla tactics!

September 11, 6pm – 9pm Vauxhall Suite, Ellesmere Port Civic Centre.

October 9, 10 – 4pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

October 22, 6pm – 9pm Alexander Hall, Heswall, Wirral.

October 14, 6pm – 9pm, Ramada Chester.

November 20, 6pm – 9pm Hayers Room, Northwich Memorial Hall.

December 11, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

e-business: What website’s best for you

A workshop guiding you through decisions about setting up a website. Which website is right for you and can help grow your business.

September 25, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Sales Techniques & Materials

A practical workshop designed to help you get your sales pitch right, target customers the right way and get the right kind of material to promote your business.

November 26, 6pm-9pm River Suite, Stobart Stadium Halton

December 11, 6pm-9pm Centre for Excellence, Bromborough

Marketing On The Web

Find out the best ways to get your business advertised on the web and which forms of marketing produce the best results.

November 27, 5.30pm-8.30pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

The Power of Good Words – How To Write An Effective Press Release

This workshop will look at how you can promote your business, increase your reputation and raise the profile of what you do through working with various forms of media and gaining FREE publicity.

December 2, 5.30pm-8.30pm Blue Orchid Offices, Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

For further details and to book a free place contact Blue Orchid at Tel: 0845 0170 896 Email: d.allman@theblueorchid.co.uk

Blue Orchid background

Blue Orchid is an accredited provider of business support and training. Established in the North West in 2001 it delivers professional services for start up businesses, small to medium sized firms and corporate clients. Its purpose is to help businesses grow and improve.

Blue Orchid business support services include:

Business Support: Start-up, Marketing, Planning, Finance, Legal, HR.
Funding: Searches, Advice, Application, Approved suppliers.
Professional Training: Finance, IT, Management, Sales & Marketing, Health & Safety.
Blue Orchid has worked with more than 3400 firms improving overall performance and helped start 510 businesses. It has further delivered £2.1 million of government funded programmes to businesses and individuals.

Visit: www.theblueorchid.co.uk

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