There is a range of support available to those thinking about starting a business or have recently started a business.
Local support is delivered by partners of the Growth Hub principally through the Business Hothouse Programme managed by the University of Chichester.
Links to local and other start up support can be found at the bottom of the page.
If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, or if your business is still at an early stage, we can provide all the advice and guidance that you need to get that business idea going.
With the University of Chichester, the Princes Trust and EDEAL all offering unique support options you can choose the option that you feel best suited to.
The university is currently running an intensive remote boot camp of six, daily two-hour sessions to build the knowledge you need to successfully start your business.
Day 1: We kick off the boot camp by helping you to define the purpose of your business - primarily how your product or service will meet or solve the needs and wants of your potential customer.
You'll also develop a good Value Proposition statement which will help to communicate exactly what it is that your business does. We'll work with the Business Model Canvas which will help you to find the right business model to successfully deliver your business idea into the marketplace.
Day 2: We start this session by exploring who your customer is through building a customer persona and we'll look at how you can exploit market research through developing a questionnaire.
Plus we'll look at how competitor and market research can help boost and provide shortcuts to your success. We'll also show you where to look for sources of research information.
Day 3: This session will focus on helping you to create your Vision and Mission statements, to ensure that you know exactly what you want your business to achieve and why.
Plus we'll discuss the importance of Pricing and help you to understand why it's the most important aspect of the profit equation. We'll then help you to decide what pricing strategy is most effective for your business.
Day 4: Financials: sales and cash flow forecasting, fixed and variable costs plus we'll help you to calculate your breakeven and your profit and loss account.
We'll progress to helping you to understand credit control, record keeping and sources of finance - including business grant funding. We'll also ensure that you understand the legal obligations of Income Tax, National Insurance, VAT and Corporation Tax.
Day 5: This session begins with showing you the pros and cons of Limited Companies, operating on Partnership basis, or as a Sole Trader.
We'll discuss how you can protect your Intellectual Properties, such as your business name or idea. We'll cover all of the legal stuff you need to know including contracts and insurance.
Day 6: The final day of the boot camp focuses on Marketing and how to use it to promote your business. We'll then build a plan for your first 30 days in business, helping you to understand the process of selling, of building rapport with customers, to handling objections and then closing the sale.
You can book your free place on our How to Start a Start-up boot camp via our Eventbrite page.
EDEAL deliver their pre-start support via one-day seminars, followed by a series of one-to-one advice sessions and one-day-workshops that focus on:
You can book your place on the EDEAL workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Collaborate2Create & Innovate program is designed by the Princes Trust to support 18 – 30 year-olds who want to learn how to start a business or to become self-employed.
This program has four stages:
Stage 1: Info Sessions
The program kicks off with a free information session in local areas where you’ll learn how the Princes Trust will support you and if you're still keen, they’ll invite you onto their four-day interactive workshop
Stage 2: Workshop
Over four days you'll get to meet like-minded people. You'll also have the chance to tap into a business adviser, covering everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax.
Stage 3: Build your business
After the workshop it's time to start building your business and you’ll be provided with a mentor to support you as you plan and test your ideas. You'll even have the opportunity to apply for funding.
Stage 4: Launch
Before launch, you'll present your business plan to the Business Launch Group. Their job is to ensure that your idea is viable and sustainable. Don’t worry, there are no dragons here. It’s designed to be a positive experience – and to ensure that there are no weak points in your plan. There’s also additional start-up finance support if you need it.
You can book your place on The Prince’s Trust workshops by telephoning 0800 842 842.
If you want to grow your start-up to the next level then take advantage of the Business Hot House support that can make this happen:
The National Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses. It has information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help businesses start and grow.
And, if you need more in-depth advice, a team of specialist advisors can assist with more complex business issues. You receive a telephone appointment time convenient for you and get up to 60 minutes of free, expert advice.
You can contact the government's Business Support Helpline for free advice.
Business Support Helpline
Telephone: 0800 998 1098
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
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