Event Hertfordshire Social Enterprise Fair
Organiser St Albans CVS & Volunteer Centre
Date Monday 3 April 2017
Time 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location University of Hertfordshire, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU
Cost Free
Details

Hertfordshire’s first ever Social Enterprise Fair: A celebration of social enterprise, with skills workshops and networking.
Skills workshops on crowdfunding, social media, and more.  Lots of chances for networking, sharing ideas and collaboration
Marketplace of local agencies and useful organisations. Run in partnerships between St Albans CVS, the University of Hertfordshire Social Enterprise Unit, and the University of Hertfordshire Business Academy.

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Twitter Interested in #socialenterprise in #Hertfordshire? If so, then come to St Albans CVS Social Enterprise Fair on 03/04! http://hooke.co/eheo
Event A Taste of Marketing
Organiser Wenta
Date Monday 27 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

Without research and paying customers your business will not succeed. This workshop helps you understand your market, ensure you have the tools to find your market, and then suggests the best methods to target them.

This workshop will cover:

  • Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Company image and branding
  • Pricing strategy
  • Your market and competitors
  • Marketing plan
  • Promotional activities
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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for A Taste of Marketing on 27 March. FREE workshop on promoting your business #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Market Selection & Research Masterclass
Organiser Department for International Trade (DIT) - East of England
Date Thursday 23 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX
Cost £30.00
Details

This is an intensive and interactive one-day masterclass which introduces delegates to the skills and techniques needed to select and prioritise potential export markets and plan and conduct export market research projects.

The masterclass covers research strategies, desk and field research and offers practical and cost-effective solutions for conducting research in-house and also using external agencies.

Our workshops are designed to take delegates on a journey to help them plan their approach to international marketing research so that they can collect, interpret and report on the information they have gathered. Each session of the workshop builds on the last to ensure that delegates leave with a clear action plan.

All delegates are provided with a series of exercises to take away which can be used to help them prioritise international markets and prepare for and manage a market research project.

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Twitter Join @tradegovuk_EE for a masterclass & update your skills in market selection and research - 23 March #Welwyn #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Member's Master Class - Digital Marketing
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Tuesday 21 March 2017
Time 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, 4 Bishops Square, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9NE
Cost Member: £0.00 per person Non-member: £120.00 per person
Details

In the Digital Marketing Discovery Masterclass, provided by Focus7 International, winners of our prestigious Innovation through Technology Award in 2016, you’ll learn the secrets to getting your business seen by more customers than ever before, with proven tips to bringing your organisation online. Entrepreneurial marketing experts will share the solutions to attracting more prospects, selling to more clients, and wowing existing customers to promote loyalty. Get your burning questions about online ads, social media and websites answered in one place. Don’t lose out to competitors with great online presence: discover the benefits of a digital business in 2017.

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Twitter Increase your online presence with a Digital Marketing Discovery Masterclass @HertsChamber on 21 March #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Website Development
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 17 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This workshop is essential if you are building a website from scratch or have an existing website that is not receiving the traffic you need. After tackling website jargon, the workshop explains how you can build an effective website easily and cost effectively. The course also provides crucial tips on how to ensure that your website is seen by search engines such as Google and will help you understand the importance of search engine optimisation (SEO).

This workshop will cover:

  • Website jargon
  • How to build an effective website
  • How to write an effective website
  • The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Key words
  • Marketing your website

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding on how to build an effective website and how to ensure your website can reach your customers effectively.

This workshop is suitable for business start-ups, individuals and existing businesses.

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for advice on building an effective website for your business on 17 March FREE #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Social Media
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 10 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

Are you all of a Twitter and confused on how social media can be used effectively for your business? The world is changing and love it or loathe it, social media is a powerful online marketing tool. This introductory workshop will help you understand how social media can help increase customers to your business.

This workshop will cover:

  • Latest social media trends
  • Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, You Tube and others
  • How to set up accounts
  • Which tool will help your business
  • Invaluable statistics
  • Management tools

By the end of this workshop you will be able to identify the Social Media tools that will be most effective for your business. You will be able to set up accounts on these platforms and understand how to manage social media so that it does not rule your working day.

This workshop is suitable for business start ups, individuals and existing businesses.

Link Click here
Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop on Social Media as an effective tool for business on 10 March #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Ready, Set, Grow: Introduction to Self-Employment
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 3 March 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. This workshop teaches you how to start a business based around your business ideas, it guides you through the process of how to start your own company and it advises you on key issues you should consider when starting up in business.

If you are yet to decide on a legal structure for your business or if you are a start up considering business support or just looking to improve your business skills, this course is appropriate for you.

What the course will cover:

  • How to write a business plan
  • Small business legal requirements
  • How to source finance
  • Taxation and VAT
  • Managing cash flow
  • Marketing the business
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Twitter Business idea? Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop: Introduction to Self-Employment on 3 March #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Social Enterprise – The Way Forward
Organiser Wenta
Date Thursday 2 March 2017
Time 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop aims to demystify the purpose of a Social Enterprise, giving you an informed choice of whether this is the way forward for your organisation. The course offers plenty of opportunity for debate.

The course includes:
• Looking at what is a Social Enterprise
• Is this an option for your organisation?
• How to set up a Social Enterprise
• Case studies of successful Social Enterprises
• Re-evaluating your organisation
• Writing a Social Enterprise plan
• Funding applications

By the end of the workshop you will be able to consider if a Social Enterprise is a viable option for your organisation.

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Twitter Find out if social enterprise is a viable option for your organisation @TheWentaGroup on 2 March #Hertford #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event New Members Event
Organiser St Albans District Chamber of Commerce
Date Thursday 2 March 2017
Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location Dylans Kings Arms, 7 George Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ER
Cost Free for new members
Details

Please join us for a FREE informal evening of networking on Thursday
2nd March at 5.30pm. This exclusive event for new members introduces
you to the Chamber team, other new members and some long standing
Chamber members too!

The evening consists of networking, nibbles and a glass of wine. A
perfect opportunity to make new business contacts. If you would like to
attend please email membership@stalbans-chamber.co.uk.

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Twitter Come to @iamstalbans for networking. Meet the Chamber team & make new business contacts. 2 March #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Developing Excellent Customer Service Skills
Organiser Dacorum
Date Tuesday 28 February 2017
Time 9:30am - 12.30pm
Location Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES
Cost £65 (+VAT)
Details

How can you differentiate yourself from your competitors ?… by giving excellent customer service. It is crucial that all customer service is delivered to build partnerships with your customers, so that you are their natural ‘first choice’ for the goods and services you supply. This training session explores ways to deliver excellent service to all your customers even when they present you with difficulties. A difficult customer is potentially a very loyal one. If the customer knows you can deal with any problems really well they will have a greater loyalty to you.

However difficult customers can be very challenging to deal with from an individual and an organisational perspective. This interactive session will help you identify how you can deliver excellent service and help you and your people deal with challenging customers with confidence. It will give you ideas to help you increase your customer base and attract new customers at the same time.

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Twitter Join @DacorumLNF for advice on developing excellent customer service skills on 28 Feb #HemelHempstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Finance and Bookkeeping
Organiser Wenta
Date Monday 27 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

For a business to succeed the finances must add up. This workshop gives you an understanding of the financial implications of running your own business. It also teaches you bookkeeping to an acceptable standard for the Inland Revenue.

This workshop will cover:

  • Basic book keeping
  • Profit & loss forecasting
  • Cash flow forecasting with worksheet activities
  • How to get your books to balance
  • Information on tax and allowable claims
  • National Insurance
  • VAT

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding of how to run your business compliantly and a basic understanding of Inland Revenue requirements. You will be able to set up your books correctly and you will also be aware of the relevant information you need to provide to an accountant.

This workshop is aimed at those looking to start a business or businesses in their first year of trading.

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop on Finance and Bookkeeping for your business on 27 Feb #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Networking Lunch and Business Card Exchange
Organiser St Albans District Chamber of Commerce
Date Friday 24 February 2017
Time 12:30pm
Location Galvin at Centurion, Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 8LA
Cost £30.00 (+VAT) for members £35.00 (+VAT) non-members
Details

The majority of companies join the Chamber of Commerce to network. This informal lunch is an opportunity to introduce your company’s products and services to other members and local companies – a chance to make new business contacts at Centurion Club.

Galvin at Centurion is the latest restaurant from Michelin-Starred London chefs Chris & Jeff Galvin. The 84 cover restaurant stays true to the signature Galvin experience, offering a warm, welcoming informal environment in elegant surroundings.

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Twitter Meet other members and local companies @iamstalbans for a networking lunch on 24 Feb #HemelHempstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Pension Workshop Lunch with Mark Prisk MP
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Friday 24 February 2017
Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location Ware Priory, High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL
Cost Member: £25.00 per person Non-member: £35.00 per person
Details

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, which includes putting certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. Six million workers have already been put into a scheme by the UK’s large and medium employers. And it is now the turn of small employers, who have to date enrolled more than half a million workers – giving them the opportunity to save for their retirement through a workplace pension.

Mark Prisk MP of Hertford and Bishop Stortford and The Pensions Regulator will be joining us to provide a helping hand as they prepare for their role in major pension changes that have seen seven million people put into a workplace pension. Whether you’re a retailer, a farmer, a plumber or employ someone in the home, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.

This will provide a great opportunity to get specialist guidance and information on how to enrol your staff into workplace pensions with ease and ask questions about how this important reform applies to you.

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Twitter Join @HertsChamber on 24 Feb & find out how changes in the law on workplace pensions affect your business #Ware #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event The April 2017 Apprenticeships Revolution: what does it mean for your business?
Organiser Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce
Date Friday 24 February 2017
Time 8:00am
Location West Herts College, The Restaurant, Hempstead Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 3EZ
Cost Free
Details

The countdown is on for the most significant shake up in apprenticeship funding in a generation. Join us and a team of experts to discover what this means for businesses in South West Herts.

A light breakfast of bacon rolls, fruit and yoghurt, tea and coffee included. There will be ample time for networking. Free Parking on campus.

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Twitter Find out what apprenticeship funding means for your business @WatfordChamber. FREE event 24 Feb #Watford #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Silicon Abbey GrowthHack for start-ups and SMEs
Organiser Silicon Abbey
Date Friday 24 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location Churchill House, 26-30 Upper Marlborough Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3UU,
Cost Free
Details

Silicon Abbey and Grant Thornton are hosting their second mentoring sessions for SMEs and start-ups based in Hertfordshire. In the morning we will run four round tables with expert mentors covering topics like marketing, tax, HR and business processes and funding. We will finish with a networking lunch. Participants are invited to stay at the Grant Thornton office for the rest of the day – either to do some work or continue networking.

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Twitter Join @AL1Tech for expert mentoring and networking with other SMEs and start-ups on 24 Feb. FREE #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Essential Employment Law Facts for Small Businesses
Organiser Dacorum
Date Thursday 23 February 2017
Time 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES
Cost £65 (+VAT)
Details

Employing people seems a perfectly straightforward matter: hire them, then set them to work. Many small firms consider that they have insufficient time or resources to devote to employment issues. However, employees are most businesses’ greatest asset so it is worth spending some time and effort over them.

Employing people can, if handled badly, cost the employer time, money or lost profitability – so it is important to get it right from the outset.

This informal workshop will provide an overview of the legalities and practicalities of employing staff from the recruitment stage right through to termination.

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Twitter Join @DacorumLNF to learn Essential Employment Law Facts for Small Businesses on 23 Feb #HemelHempstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Short Course | How to optimise your business efficiency with MRP/ERP
Organiser University of Hertfordshire
Date Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB
Cost £125.00 inc VAT
Details

This one day course covers the fundamentals of MRP/ERP systems, demonstrating how businesses can improve efficiency by understanding and using their in-house systems better.

The session also provides support and advice to companies that don’t currently utilise either system and showcases the benefits of doing so.

University of Hertfordshire academic experts will provide expert support and advice on optimising business efficiency of your current (or new) MRP/ERP system(s).

MRP systems can help you greatly by…

• Introducing minimal inventory levels and associated costs.
• Allocating production times of manufactured goods to customers.
• Collecting business data for analysis and improved planning.

ERP systems also provide value added by…

• Improving and strengthening security with your business data.
• Growing your knowledge and support.
• Generating leads and making informed business decisions.

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Twitter Come to @UniofHerts for advice on optimising your business efficiency by using MRP/ERP systems on 22 Feb #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eh
Event An Ecommerce Masterclass: Generating More Sales
Organiser Smart Cookie Design
Date Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time 5:50pm - 7:30pm
Location University of Hertfordshire, Law Court Building, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9EU
Cost Free
Details

Our first event of the year is here and again is a must for ecommerce business owners looking to grow online. Join the Hertfordshire Business Academy and Smart Cookie Design on Wednesday 22nd February at 5.45pm to hear from the experts on how you can grow your ecommerce business. The theme of our February event is all around generating more sales and will include topics such as maximising paid search and increasing conversion rates of your visitors.

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Twitter Join @smartcookieltd for a free #ecommerce masterclass on increasing sales, at @UniofHerts on 22/02 http://hooke.co/eheo #Herts
Event Member's Master Class - Strategic Marketing For Growth
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, 4 Bishops Square, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9NE
Cost Member: £0.00 per person Non-member: £120.00 per person
Details

The Marketing Masterclass, provided by award winning Focus7 International, shares the basics to producing the plan that will see your business soar. Learn the secrets of selecting the correct market, message and media to boost your sales, and discover how operating in a digital world can vastly broaden your horizons. Brought to you by experienced marketing thought leaders, this masterclass is an incredible opportunity to learn the same solutions that the professionals use, including how to make the most from your data and how to target your ideal customers. Make 2017 your year for increasing profitability with successful marketing.

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Twitter Increase your business's profitability with a Marketing Masterclass @HertsChamber on 21 Feb #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Starting Your Own Business
Organiser Dacorum
Date Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES
Cost £130 (+VAT)
Details

A one day interactive workshop aimed at helping new and potential business owners to start their businesses. This workshop will cover all aspects of business start up to ensure that owners understand what is required for a successful business. Each person will devise a personal development plan to start them on the path to self employment.

The course will cover

  • Understanding marketing, advertising and routes to market
  • Understanding the differences between B2B, B2C and third sector businesses
  • Understanding the costs and benefits of franchising
  • Starting a plan to test the viability of any future business based on the potential market place.
  • Knowing how to differentiate from the crowd and your competitors
  • Understanding how to produce basic profit and loss projection and cashflow forecast
  • Understanding the different forms of business types – Sole trader, Limited Company, Partnership
  • Predicting funding requirements and potential sources of funding
  • Knowing the importance of complying with the regulatory framework
  • Understanding VAT and tax implications
  • Understanding the importance of supplier and creditor management
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Twitter Join @DacorumLNF for advice on starting and developing a successful business on 21 Feb #HemelHemstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Website Development
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 17 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This workshop is essential if you are building a website from scratch or have an existing website that is not receiving the traffic you need. After tackling website jargon, the workshop explains how you can build an effective website easily and cost effectively. The course also provides crucial tips on how to ensure that your website is seen by search engines such as Google and will help you understand the importance of search engine optimisation (SEO).

This workshop will cover:

  • Website jargon
  • How to build an effective website
  • How to write an effective website
  • The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Key words
  • Marketing your website

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding on how to build an effective website and how to ensure your website can reach your customers effectively.

This workshop is suitable for business start ups, individuals and existing businesses.

Link Click here
Twitter Come to @TheWentaGroup for advice on building an effective website for your business. 17 Feb #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Social Media
Organiser Wenta
Date Wednesday 8 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

Are you all of a Twitter and confused on how social media can be used effectively for your business? The world is changing and love it or loathe it, social media is a powerful online marketing tool. This introductory workshop will help you understand how social media can help increase customers to your business.

This workshop will cover:

  • Latest social media trends
  • Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, You Tube and others
  • How to set up accounts
  • Which tool will help your business
  • Invaluable statistics
  • Management tools

By the end of this workshop you will be able to identify the Social Media tools that will be most effective for your business. You will be able to set up accounts on these platforms and understand how to manage social media so that it does not rule your working day.

This workshop is suitable for business start ups, individuals and existing businesses.

Link Click here
Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop on Social Media as an effective tool for business on 8 Feb #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Business Breakfast Meeting
Organiser St Albans District Chamber of Commerce
Date Wednesday 8 February 2017
Time 7:15am - 9:30am
Location The Beech House, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3EG
Cost £23 (+VAT) for members £28 (+VAT) for non-members
Details

Anne Main MP for St Albans has sought assurances that London and the UK will maximise free trade with Europe while tapping into growth markets around the world, and asked how residents of St Albans can feed into the Brexit process.

Come along and receive an update from our MP about a range of issues that affect St Albans businesses. There will be an opportunity for questions at the event.

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Twitter Anne Main MP @iamstalbans will discuss the Brexit issues affecting St Albans businesses - 8 Feb #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Ready, Set, Grow: Introduction to Self-Employment
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 3 February 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. This workshop teaches you how to start a business based around your business ideas, it guides you through the process of how to start your own company and it advises you on key issues you should consider when starting up in business.

If you are yet to decide on a legal structure for your business or if you are a start up considering business support or just looking to improve your business skills, this course is appropriate for you.

What the course will cover:

  • How to write a business plan
  • Small business legal requirements
  • How to source finance
  • Taxation and VAT
  • Managing cash flow
  • Marketing the business
Link Click here
Twitter Business idea? Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop: Introduction to Self-Employment on 3 Feb #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event A Taste of Marketing
Organiser Wenta
Date Monday 30 January 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

Without research and paying customers your business will not succeed. This workshop helps you understand your market, ensure you have the tools to find your market, and then suggests the best methods to target them.

This workshop will cover:

  • Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Company image and branding
  • Pricing strategy
  • Your market and competitors
  • Marketing plan
  • Promotional activities

By the end of this workshop you will be able to carry out your own market research, identify your target market and the appropriate methods to promote your business successfully.

Link Click here
Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for A Taste of Marketing on 30 Jan. FREE workshop on promoting your business #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Digital Discovery Workshop
Organiser Focus7 International Ltd
Date Thursday 26 January 2017
Time 10:00am - 12.00pm
Location Focus7, Fairclough Hall, Hall's Green, Hertfordshire, SG4 7DP
Cost Free
Details

Attend our FREE Digital Discovery Workshop – your chance to learn the secrets to a powerful online presence. Perfect for any business owner, entrepreneur or sales & marketing team looking for better results.

  • 2 hour interactive session (it’s not just learning – it’s doing)
  • An understanding of the exact ways you can use digital to improve your business
  • Tips from professional marketers about how to make money using digital channels
  • The knowledge of how to combine online & offline for the most effective business model
  • Detailed understanding of how to use landing pages, Facebook & Google ads, marketing funnels, and other technical secrets
Link Click here
Twitter Join @Focus7Int for a FREE Digital Discovery Workshop for business owners on 26 Jan #Weston #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Finance and Bookkeeping
Organiser Wenta
Date Thursday 26 January 2017
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

For a business to succeed the finances must add up. This workshop gives you an understanding of the financial implications of running your own business. It also teaches you bookkeeping to an acceptable standard for the Inland Revenue.

This workshop will cover:

  • Basic book keeping
  • Profit & loss forecasting
  • Cash flow forecasting with worksheet activities
  • How to get your books to balance
  • Information on tax and allowable claims
  • National Insurance
  • VAT

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding of how to run your business compliantly and a basic understanding of Inland Revenue requirements. You will be able to set up your books correctly and you will also be aware of the relevant information you need to provide to an accountant.

This workshop is aimed at those looking to start a business or businesses in their first year of trading.

Link Click here
Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for a FREE workshop on Finance and Bookkeeping for your business on 26 Jan #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Networking Evening with Richard Harrington MP and Pensions Minister
Organiser Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce
Date Thursday 26 January 2017
Time 6:00pm
Location Wellspring Church, 1 Wellspring Way, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2AH
Cost Member price: £20.00 (incl VAT) Non-member price: £24.00 (incl VAT)
Details

In the last 6 months no one could have imagined how dramatically the political landscape would change with Brexit, a new Prime Minister, what will 2017 bring? For our first networking event of 2017 we are delighted to welcome Richard Harrington MP & Pensions Minister.

This is an opportunity to come and listen to Richard Harrington MP & Pensions Minister who as a former successful businessman his perspective on how all this may impact on business promises to be insightful and thought provoking, he will also discuss the challenges faced in his current role as Minister for Pensions.

Richard’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Finger buffet and drinks included.

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Twitter Join Richard Harrington MP @WatfordChamber for an insightful and thought provoking talk on 26 Jan #Watford #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Cheap and effective ways to grow your sales
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Thursday 19 January 2017
Time 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location De Vere Theobalds Park Hotel, Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, EN7 5HW
Cost Free
Details

All business depends on sales. Are your sales as good as they could be? We can help you make your sales and marketing budget go further with better results. Come along to this FREE event and find out the top tips to boost sales and increase your profits.

Learn from sales experts at this event and find out how to:

  • Focus your sales efforts
  • Win and keep customers
  • Increase profits
  • Drive your business growth
  • Improve your Google rankings

There will be opportunities to network and discuss your sales aspirations with experts as well as like-minded local SMEs.

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Twitter Discover cheap and effective ways to grow your sales @HertsGrowthHub on 19 Jan. FREE event #Cheshunt #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Grow your consultancy business
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Friday 13 January 2017
Time 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location BioPark, Broadwater Rd, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX
Cost Free
Details

This free event is for consultancy business owners who want to grow and develop their local SME client base. The Hertfordshire Growth Hub deals with hundreds of SME businesses every year; so come and meet our team, tell us about your specialism and expertise, and let us know what sort of clients you are seeking.

The Growth Hub service to growing SMEs is free of charge and impartial – and we could help you grow your business too, by referring you into new Growth Hub clients who need your specialist expertise. Join us for networking, lunch and the opportunity to build your client base.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on 13 Jan to learn how to grow & develop your local SME client base #WelwynGardenCity #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Simple ways to grow your Business - Strategy and Finance
Organiser Dacorum
Date Thursday 12 January 2017
Time 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES
Cost £65+ VAT
Details

Developing an effective Growth Strategy is a vital component of the future success of all businesses. This process has become ever more relevant following the major changes to the business environment we have experienced over recent months and years.

This workshop breaks the whole Growth Planning process down into 3 simple steps. We start with a review of the current situation, including a definition of the Business purpose and where you are seeking to get to. We then move on to some deeper analysis of your organisations capabilities and how effectively they work together to give you an edge over your competitors.

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Twitter Discover simple ways to grow your business @DacorumLNF. Strategy and finance workshop on 12 Jan #HemelHempstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Employment Law Update
Organiser ACAS
Date Tuesday 13 December 2016
Time 9:15am - 1:00pm
Location Beales Hotel, Comet Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9NG
Cost £105.00
Details

Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlighting what’s planned to come into force in the future; a key consideration for business planning. Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.

Keeping abreast of issues helps you steer your business away from litigation and potential financial penalties. By gaining an understanding of the ever changing legal requirements you can develop strategies that will improve employment relations, reduce risk and increase organisational resilience.

This course gives you a solid grounding on changes to current legislation and provides insight into upcoming changes in the law that will enable your business to stay informed, legally compliant and well prepared.

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Twitter On 13 Dec let @acasorguk update you on recent changes in law that may affect your business #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Business Planning Seminar
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 9 December 2016
Time 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location Clydesdale Bank Business & Private Banking Centre, Saint Albans, AL1 5HE
Cost Free
Details

This course is essential for a start up or new business but also useful for a more established business that needs to refresh or update their plan.

We will help you understand:

  • Research, preparing and implementation
  • Key strategy issues
  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Understanding the key financial data – cash flow, profit and loss
  • Practical issues for most start-ups
  • Advice on preparing a business plan to seek investment

 

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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice on 9 Dec for a FREE seminar on successful planning for business #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Bookkeeping Seminar
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 2 December 2016
Time 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location Stanta Business Center, Soothouse Spring, St Albans, AL3 6PF
Cost £45 to those who don’t qualify for HSUP. Ring 01727 837760 to find out if you qualify.
Details

This bookkeeping seminar is aimed at owners of small businesses who are aware that they need to do some form of bookkeeping but are unsure about how to go about it. We will aim to demystify the whole process and give attendees confidence and reassurance.

Topics to be covered:

• Basic principles.

• Manual / spreadsheet bookkeeping.

• Bookkeeping software.

• Legal requirements.

• Internal benefits.

• Profit and loss account.

• Balance Sheet.

• Bank reconciliation.

• Year end.

This course forms part of the Herts Start Up Programme and is free to those who are part of the scheme.

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Twitter Come to @StantaAdvice on 2 Dec for a bookkeeping seminar aimed at small businesses #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event All the help you can get - Free business support information
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Thursday 1 December 2016
Time 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield Ave, Hatfield, AL10 9TP
Cost Free
Details

Every small and medium-sized business needs to know what help is out there – so join us to find out about all the free business support you can access in the county.

We’re bringing together all the major schemes, support organisations, grants and programmes under one roof for the first time! Join us at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield and find the right support for your business growth at this major event showcasing the range of public funding and free specialist advice available.

Our own specialist advisers will also be available for you to discuss your growth plans and help identify the most appropriate scheme and support for your organisation. Be sure you’re not missing out on free help and grants that may be available for your sector or location. Network with other SMEs and build your knowledge of All the Help You Can Get to develop your business.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on 1 Dec to find out about free business support #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Autumn Statement Seminar - The Budget
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Tuesday 29 November 2016
Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn, St Albans, AL3 7AF
Cost Free
Details

In partnership with Kingston Smith find out how to make the most of Philip Hammonds’ announcements and prepare your business for the 2017 Budget.

You will be provided with an easy to digest summary for SMEs so you don’t have to spend time trawling through the news to find out what matters to you! You can ask our expert guest speaker, Senior Tax Partner Mike Hayes questions during the seminar or if you prefer, afterwards at our fantastic business networking session.

This seminar will be a great opportunity to understand the Autumn Statement and the changes that are likely to effect your business in 2017. Mike will also include some thoughts on how BREXIT will affect taxes for UK businesses and individuals.

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Twitter Come to @HertsChamber on 29 Nov to learn how the Autumn Statement will affect your business #Redbourn #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Know Your Communication Style
Organiser Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Date Friday 25 November 2016
Time 9:30am - 1:00pm
Location Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE
Cost £75.00
Details

This course raises awareness of your own and others communication styles to enable you to become more skilled at building and maintaining relationships. This is an open, interactive and fun session that will empower you to learn a proactive approach when working with different communication challenges, whilst building the ability to flex your style according to your current business context.

The course costs £75 to attend but that includes a style profile worth £20.

The course provides the opportunity to explore:

  • Your style – Your own communication style/approach, including how to communicate in a way that works for you and others
  • Making it work for you – How to identify the communication styles of others around you and how to interact positively with those styles you find challenging
  • Developing your style – How to flex and adapt your style to maximise communication results with clients/colleagues/customers/peers
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Twitter Join @WelHatCouncil on 25 Nov to explore and develop your communication style #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Guide to Tendering
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 25 November 2016
Time 10:00am - 12.00pm
Location Stanta Business Center, Soothouse Spring, St Albans, AL3 6PF
Cost Free
Details

This event is aimed at helping small businesses to tender for local government goods and services.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is procurement?
  • What does the Council buy?
  • How is it accessed?
  • Why do we adopt this approach?
  • Q&A
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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice on 25 Nov for help and advice on tendering for local government goods/services #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Social Enterprise – The Way Forward
Organiser Wenta
Date Monday 21 November 2016
Time 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location B3Living (formerly Broxbourne Housing Association), 17 Amwell Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8TS
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop aims to demystify the purpose of a Social Enterprise, giving you an informed choice of whether this is the way forward for your organisation. The course offers plenty of opportunity for debate. The course includes:

  • Looking at what is a Social Enterprise
  • Is this an option for your organisation?
  • How to set up a Social Enterprise
  • Case studies of successful Social Enterprises
  • Re-evaluating your organisation
  • Writing a Social Enterprise plan
  • Funding applications

By the end of the workshop you will be able to consider if a Social Enterprise is a viable option for your organisation

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup to see if Social Enterprise is the way forward for your org. FREE event on 21 Nov #Hoddesdon #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event FREE Speed Mentoring/Networking Event
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 18 November 2016
Time 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

The btc, in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council, invite you to join them in their FREE speed business mentoring and networking event on Friday 18th November in celebration and support of national campaigns, Small Business Saturday and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The morning event, running from 9.30am – 12pm, will give local business owners the perfect chance to network with other business owners as well as business mentors and advisors. In addition, there will be a ‘speed mentoring session’ where you can book to speak with a number of experts from a variety of fields for advice on your business. Whether it’s a question on IT, HR, Accounting, Marketing or anything else – there will be a selection of mentors that could help you.

Start-ups and established business owners from the Stevenage area are all welcome to attend. In addition, details of a new local business grant scheme will also be announced at the event by Stevenage Borough Council!

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Twitter Come to @TheWentaGroup for a FREE speed business mentoring and networking event on 18 Nov #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Moving on with Social Media
Organiser STANTA
Date Thursday 17 November 2016
Time 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location Stanta Business Centre, Soothouse Spring, St Albans, AL3 6PF
Cost £45 (FREE to Herts Start Up Programme clients - ring 01727 837760 to sign up)
Details

Our ‘Moving on with Social Media’ workshop led by Sabra Swinson from Cerco Communication is ideal for businesses who have been using social media for some time and have a good understanding of it, but who are ready to start using more advanced strategies and tactics to improve their results – or to try new platforms.

We will look at: Strategy, Content Strategy, Community Management, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Measurement. Please bring laptops/tablets and your login details for the social networks as the course is interactive.

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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice on 17 Nov to learn advanced strategies for social media #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event How to raise the profile of your business/charity online
Organiser Lloyds Bank & Google Digital Garage
Date Tuesday 15 November 2016
Time 8:45am - 11:30am
Location Lloyds Bank, 1st Floor, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE
Cost Free
Details

Lloyds Bank are delighted to invite you to a free half day workshop on Tuesday 15th November, delivered in collaboration with Google and Reason Digital. The session will focus on how to raise the profile of your business/charity online and increase the digital skills of your employees. The day will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with other businesses from your local area and find out about further support available.

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Twitter Join Lloyds Bank Beds & Herts SME Banking and Google Digital Garage for a workshop on 15/11 in #Stevenage http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Accelerating SME innovation
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location The Riding School, Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5NE
Cost Free
Details

Are you experiencing issues with developing and progressing your ideas and concepts to market? Are you looking to generate more value from these? Find out how you can accelerate the innovation process and increase your revenue and profits at our free workshop.

Our 3 guest speakers will show you how you can:

  • Protect and potentially generate revenue from your intellectual property
  • Claim R&D Tax Credits
  • Apply for innovation funding

Our innovation experts will lead an interactive workshop session to take you through one of the six stages of the innovation lifecycle, dependent on the current stage of your product or service innovation. Delegates can choose from; ideation, selection (choosing your best idea to take to market), R&D and testing, manufacturing, launch (going to market) or value generation (maximising the return on your product).

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Twitter Come to @HertsGrowthHub on 8 Nov to accelerate innovation #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event An Ecommerce Masterclass: Growing Your Ecommerce Business!
Organiser Smart Cookie Design
Date Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time 18:00 - 20:00
Location University of Hertfordshire, Law Court Building De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU
Cost Free
Details

Join Smart Cookie Design and the Hertfordshire Business Academy on Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 6pm to hear from the experts on how you can grow your ecommerce business.

What to expect? Talks from industry experts sharing their knowledge and tips on what it takes to grow an ecommerce business!

Our speakers include: Joel Bronkowski from WooCommerce and Shopify on ‘Where ecommerce is heading and trends to look out for’ and Michael Cuschieri from MC Sqaure on ‘How to use social media to drive traffic to your products and landing pages to increase sales’.

Don’t forget the nibbles and networking!

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Twitter Join @smartcookieltd and friends for a local #ecommerce masterclass at @UniofHerts on 08/11 http://hooke.co/eheo #Herts #Hatfield
Event Build Your Team and Grow Your Business
Organiser GetSet for Growth
Date Tuesday 8 November 2016
Time 9:00am - 1:30pm
Location Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG
Cost Free
Details

Our ‘Building Your Team for the Future’ Expo will provide expanding businesses with invaluable skills and advice on some of the recurring themes, questions and obstacles faced when growing their teams. This FREE half-day event will include drop-in sessions to meet our GetSet Advisors and seminars.

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Twitter Join @GetSetEast and friends for a free business growth expo on 08/11 in #Cambridge. Details: http://hooke.co/eheo #GetSetExpo
Event Ready, Set, Grow... Introduction to Self-Employment
Organiser Wenta
Date Monday 7 November 2016
Time 9.00am - 3:00pm
Location The Wenta Business Centre, Colne Way, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD24 7ND
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. This workshop teaches you how to start a business based around your business ideas, it guides you through the process of how to start your own company and it advises you on key issues you should consider when starting up in business.

If you are yet to decide on a legal structure for your business or if you are a start up considering business support or just looking to improve your business skills, this course is appropriate for you.

What the course will cover:

  • How to write a business plan
  • Small business legal requirements
  • How to source finance
  • Taxation and VAT
  • Managing cash flow
  • Marketing the business
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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup on 7 Nov for a FREE introduction to self-employment workshop #Watford #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Using Wordpress to build/maintain a website
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 4 November 2016
Time 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location Conference Room, Stanta Business Centre, 3 Soothouse Spring, St Albans, AL3 6PF
Cost £45.00
Details

WordPress has become the most popular website platform on the web with over 54% of the Market share. Whether you use WordPress to publish to your website or have a WordPress blog, or would just like to know a little but more, this workshop will be invaluable. This 2 hour workshop is suitable for existing WordPress users and those considering starting a blog or WordPress website.

During the workshops find out how you can see:

• What is WordPress and how to use it
• Pages, Posts and Categories
• Tagging your content
• Customising WordPress
• Features and Plug-ins
• Tracking your readership and capturing statistics
• Integrating WordPress with Social Media

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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice on 4 Nov to find out about using WordPress for website building or blogging #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Hiring Right, First Time
Organiser Debbie Glinnan and Fiona Bishop
Date Thursday 3 November 2016
Time 8:30am - 1:00pm
Location Mercure St Albans, The Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans, AL2 3DS
Cost £129.00 + VAT
Details

This workshop aims to give you helpful and practical tips, as well as legal pitfalls and requirements to watch out for when for hiring new staff.  Includes interview techniques.

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Twitter Join @ParallelHR_UK for a workshop on hiring new staff on 03/11 in #StAlbans #Herts. More details: http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Apprenticeships - Brilliant for your business
Organiser Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Date Thursday 3 November 2016
Time 7:15am - 9:15am
Location Oaklands College, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AH
Cost Free
Details

FREE BUSINESS BREAKFAST Are you struggling to find skilled staff? Need to upskill your existing workforce? Do you know about the April 2017 Apprenticeship Reform and what that means for your business? Do you need information on the new GCSEs? If ‘yes’ then join Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Oakland College at this FREE event. You will have the opportunity to network with local businesses, enjoy a delicious breakfast, get the information you need on what the new GCSEs will look like, the changes to Apprenticeships and hear from employers on how they engaged with young people and the return on investment it produces.

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Twitter Join @WelHatCouncil to find out more about apprenticeships at a FREE business breakfast on 3 Nov #Hatfield #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Exporting for Beginners
Organiser Herts Growth Hub
Date Wednesday 2 November 2016
Time 9:00am - 1.30pm
Location BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX
Cost FREE
Details

Thinking about exporting for the first time? Had an occasional export order, but not sure how to expand on it? Would you like to tackle a new overseas market?

You will learn how to:

  • Avoid common pitfalls
  • Prepare for handling export orders
  • Get extra help
  • Expand your markets.
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Twitter If you're interested in exporting your products, come to @HertsGrowthHub on 2 Nov for a free seminar. #Welwyn #Herts http://hooke.co/eho
Event Approved! The Art of Working with your Bank in Partnership with Lloyds Bank
Organiser GetSet for Growth
Date Wednesday 2 November 2016
Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE
Cost Free
Details

Are you considering applying for additional business finance from your bank? This workshop will ensure your business is fully prepared, covering all the essentials you’ll need ahead of your application including the different financial documentation and evidence, knowing your credit score, getting the best professional advice beforehand and being fully prepared for the meeting.

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Twitter Join Lloyds Bank @GetSetEast for a FREE workshop on working in partnership with your bank on 2 Nov #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event A Taste of Marketing
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 28 October 2016
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location BTC, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2DX
Cost FREE
Details

Without research and paying customers your business will not succeed. This workshop helps you understand your market, ensure you have the tools to find your market, and then suggests the best methods to target them.

This workshop will cover:

  • Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Company image and branding
  • Pricing strategy
  • Your market and competitors
  • Marketing plan
  • Promotional activities

By the end of this workshop you will be able to carry out your own market research, identify your target market and the appropriate methods to promote your business successfully.

This workshop is aimed at those starting up in business, individuals and existing businesses.

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Twitter If you are a new business, join @TheWentaGroup to learn more about marketing for FREE on 28 Oct #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Digital Networking Evening
Organiser Mahon Digital Marketing and TekOne Technologies
Date Wednesday 26 October 2016
Time 18:00 - 21:00
Location The Lodge, 102 High Street, Ware, SG12 9AP
Cost £7
Details

Come and join some local entrepreneurs to discover how to maximise your digital presence, improve your IT processes and grow your business. This informal event is a great way for you to get involved with the Ware and Hertford business community and network while learning about the latest digital trends.

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Twitter Join @mahondigital and @TekOneTech for a digital networking event in #Ware on 26/10. Full details: http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Financing Your New Business
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 21 October 2016
Time 9:30am - 1:00pm
Location BTC, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost £10
Details

Looking for finance for your start-up or new business?

Come along to this seminar to find out about the different options for obtaining finance for starting up.

We have guest speakers Jon Littlewood who will talk about crowdfunding, Clare Rulton to explain R&D tax credits and Andy Webb from Barclays who will talk about bank finance options. We will also have a session from Michael Niles from Wenta on the other options for financing and how to put yourself in the best position possible to obtain finance.

There will be time to ask our speakers questions and to chat with other business owners.

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Twitter Looking for finance for your start-up? Join @TheWentaGroup on 21 October to get some help! #Herts #Stevenage http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Alternative Finance
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location Holiday Inn Stevenage, Saint Georges Way, Stevenage, SG1 1HS
Cost Free
Details

Traditionally, if you were looking for additional business funding your first port of call would be to your bank. But, as bank lending has been in decline, a number of alternative funding companies have entered the market, offering you far more choice. This workshop will cover some of alternative finance options available to your business including crowdfunding, invoice trading and angel investment and whether they would be a viable choice for your business.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on 19 Oct for a FREE workshop on alternative finance options #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Ready, Set, Grow... Introduction to Self-Employment
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 14 October 2016
Time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. This workshop teaches you how to start a business based around your business ideas, it guides you through the process of how to start your own company and it advises you on key issues you should consider when starting up in business.

If you are yet to decide on a legal structure for your business or if you are a start up considering business support or just looking to improve your business skills, this course is appropriate for you.

What the course will cover:

  • How to write a business plan
  • Small business legal requirements
  • How to source finance
  • Taxation and VAT
  • Managing cash flow
  • Marketing the business
Link Click here
Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup on 14 Oct for a FREE introduction to self-employment #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Business Planning for Growth in Partnership with Lloyds Bank
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Wednesday 12 October 2016
Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE
Cost Free
Details

Many businesses are daunted by the prospect of writing a business plan, but the benefits to your business are clear. A good business plan focuses the mind as well as helping to secure finance, support and business growth. In this workshop we’ll discuss these benefits in more detail and focus on the key elements you’ll need to create including your executive summary, operational plan and cash flow forecast.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on 12 Oct for a FREE business planning & growth workshop with Lloyds Bank #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event The F Word
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Wednesday 5 October 2016
Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location Holiday Inn Stevenage, Saint Georges Way, Stevenage, SG1 1HS
Cost Free
Details

Are you thinking of applying for additional finance for your business but puzzled by all the different options available? This workshop aims to demystify the different finance types and the funding process, exploring loans, crowdfunding, equity finance, invoice discounting and more. We will also talk you through the minefield of grant funding and when it might be appropriate for your business and the documentation you’ll need in order to apply.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on 5 Oct for this FREE workshop to learn about finance options for your business #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Website Development
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 30 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 2:30pm
Location BTC, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This workshop is essential if you are building a website from scratch or have an existing website that is not receiving the traffic you need. After tackling website jargon, the workshop explains how you can build an effective website easily and cost effectively. The course also provides crucial tips on how to ensure that your website is seen by search engines such as Google and will help you understand the importance of search engine optimisation (SEO).

This workshop will cover:

  • Website jargon
  • How to build an effective website
  • How to write an effective website
  • The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Key words
  • Marketing your website

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding on how to build an effective website and how to ensure your website can reach your customers effectively.

This workshop is suitable for business start ups, individuals and existing businesses.

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup for a free website development course on Sept 30 #Stevenage #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Moving on with Social Media
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 30 September 2016
Time 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location Stanta Business Centre, Soothouse Spring, St Albans
Cost £45 / Free to Herts Start up Programme Clients
Details

This workshop will be led by Sabra Swinson from Cerco Communications, and is ideal for businesses who have been using social media for some time, but who are ready to start using more advanced strategies and tactics to improve their results – or to try new platforms. The workshop will cover:

  • Strategy: planning and integrating social activity into other marketing.
  • Content Strategy: how to build a working content plan to boost efficiency and drive results.
  • Community Management: how to engage and grow your community.
  • Twitter: how to build a targeted follower base and effectively engage with them.
  • Facebook: maximising the effectiveness of your page and growing a targeted audience.
  • YouTube: how to create branded channels and creatively produce your own online video content.
  • LinkedIn: maximising your profile, and the effectiveness of your LinkedIn Page.
  • Google+: how to establish a presence and boost your online visibility.
  • Pinterest: learning what functionality is available to businesses.
  • Instagram: growing a targeted follower base and best practice use of platform features.
  • Measurement: overview of free propretary analytics tools available on all social platforms.
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Twitter Want to improve your current social media strategies? Join @StantaAdvice on 30 Sept at #StAlbans #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Social Media and Digital Marketing
Organiser Wenta
Date Thursday 29 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 4:30pm
Location Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1QN
Cost £195 + VAT
Details

Wenta are running this in-depth, social media training course which will give you a thorough understanding of how social networks and content marketing can be used to raise awareness and build effective relationships with your customers to benefit your business.

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup on Sept 29 for a full day's training on social media #Rickmansworth #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Chamber HR Forum - Social Media Policies
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Wednesday 28 September 2016
Time 09:00am - 12:00pm
Location Longmores, 24 Castle Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1HP
Cost £15 members / £18 non-members
Details

Does your organisation have social media policies in place? And have they been reviewed recently? At this breakfast seminar, hosted by Longmores in Hertford, on Wednesday 28 September you’ll learn the latest tips from experts on the HR aspects and implications of social media.

 

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Twitter Join @HertsChamber & @Longmores on 28 Sept for a seminar on social media policies in the workplace #Herts #Hertford http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Keep your business safe online – free workshop
Organiser STANTA
Date Tuesday 27 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 12:30pm
Location Hertfordshire Constabulary, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City
Cost FREE
Details

Whether or not you trade online, all businesses can be at risk of being a victim of cybercrime. It can affect your business in many ways, from financial loss to reputational damage.

Hertfordshire Constabulary and Get Safe Online, supported by Hertfordshire Growth Hub, are running a half-day Cyber Security event for businesses. This will give you practical advice on how to reduce the risk of cybercrime, online fraud and loss to your business.

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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice on 27 Sept to find out how to keep your business safe online #Herts #Welwyn #Free http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Cyber Security for Businesses
Organiser Herts Growth Hub
Date Tuesday 27 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 12:30pm
Location Hertfordshire Constabulary, Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6XF
Cost Free
Details

Herts Growth Hub have teamed up with Hertfordshire’s police and Get Safe Online to help reduce the risk of cybercrime for SMEs. An informative event will be held at Police Headquarters in WGC on Tuesday 27 September, covering all the main forms of business-related cybercrime and how to avoid them, with help and techniques to reduce the risk to your business.

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Twitter Come to @HertsGrowthHub cyber security for businesses event 27 Sept #WGC #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Grow your consultancy business
Organiser Herts Growth Hub
Date Friday 23 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 4:30pm
Location BioPark, Broadwater Rd, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX
Cost Free
Details

This free event is for consultancy business owners who want to grow and develop their local SME client base. The Hertfordshire Growth Hub deals with hundreds of SME businesses every year; so come and meet our team, tell us about your specialism and expertise, and let us know what sort of clients you are seeking.

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Twitter Come to the @HertsGrowthHub 'Grow Your Consultancy' business event on 23 Sept #Herts #WGC http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Using WordPress to Build/Maintain a Website
Organiser Herts Growth Hub
Date Friday 23 September 2016
Time 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location Stanta, Suite 19, Stanta Business Centre, 3 Soothouse Spring, St Albans AL3 6PF, UK
Cost £45
Details

This workshop is suitable for existing WordPress users and those considering starting a blog or WordPress website.

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Event Green & Peter Golf Society Day
Organiser Green & Peter
Date Thursday 22 September 2016
Time 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location Old Fold Manor Golf Club, Old Fold Lane, Hadley Green, Herts, EN5 4QN
Cost £150 per team of three or £50 per person.
Details

An opportunity to network with other local business professionals at a fantastic Hertfordshire golf course. Telephone 020 8440 9185 to book.

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Twitter Join @greenandpeter for a golf day on 22nd Sept at Old Fold Manor Golf Club http://hooke.co/eheo #Hertfordshire #Whetstone
Event Mock Employment Tribunal
Organiser Debenhams Ottoway
Date Wednesday 21 September 2016
Time 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Location Conference Hall, Fielder Centre - Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, AL10 9TP
Cost Free
Details

The employment team at Debenhams Ottaway has teamed up with Hertfordshire CIPD and No5 Chambers to run a mock employment tribunal on Wednesday 21 September 2016.

Delegates will witness a live hearing with witnesses giving evidence, and will come away with an understanding of how the tribunal process is conducted, appreciate the tension and drama and see how the outcome is determined.

This event is essential training for HR professionals or anyone in management who handles employee relations.

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Twitter Fascinating event from @DebenhamsOtt and @No5Chambers in #Hatfield #Herts on 21/09 - Mock Employment Tribunal. Not to be missed!
Event Stanta Bookkeeping Seminar
Organiser Stanta
Date Friday 16 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 11.30am
Location Stanta, Suite 19, Stanta Business Centre, 3 Soothouse Spring, St Albans, AL3 6PF
Cost Free
Details

This seminar is aimed at small business owners who need advice on the basic principles of manual or spreadsheet bookkeeping.

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Twitter @HertsGrowthHub Bookkeeping seminar on 16 September in #StAlbans #Herts. Get your finances in order! http://hooke.co/eheo
Event North Herts Professional Network
Organiser HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, Natwest, Provisio and UHY Hacker Young
Date Thursday 15 September 2016
Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location The Cellar Bar, Hitchin Priory Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, SG5 2DL
Cost Free
Details

A networking event for business professionals in North Herts.

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Twitter Join numerous business professionals at the North Herts Professionals Network gathering #Hitchin #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Copywriting for Impact
Organiser Dacorum Look No Further
Date Tuesday 13 September 2016
Time 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location Marylands Business Centre, 10 Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BA
Cost £65 + VAT
Details

Getting your message across is a vital aspect of marketing. Get your words right and they lead to interest… engagement… sales.

Writing for the web is very different to creating text for printed materials. Content is king in Google’s eyes. Your words have to work wonders for people and computers alike.

“Writing for the Web” gives you the practical tools to give your online presence maximum impact.

This very practical half day course will make a frontline difference to your business’ online impact.

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Twitter Ever wanted to improve your copywriting skills? Join @DacorumLNF on 13 Sept #HemelHempstead #Herts http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Researching your Target Market
Organiser Dacorum Look No Further
Date Tuesday 13 September 2016
Time 09:30am - 12:30pm
Location Marylands Business Centre, 10 Redbourn Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BA
Cost £65 + VAT
Details

Research ensures that marketing activities are based upon what we actually know about opinions within the market rather than what we instinctively know.

Research gives a powerful insight into how our customers think. Tapping into this gives us amazing opportunities for more sales.

“Knowing Your Market” will help you to achieve maximum impact from your marketing, using online and traditional channels.

Are you ready for utter honesty? This half day course will include the opportunity to design your own research for your business.

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Twitter Come to @DacorumLNF on Sept 13 to learn how to research your target market. Taking place #Herts #HemelHempstead http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Herts Sustainable Funding Fair
Organiser Herts Community Solutions in partnership with Connect Hertfordshire - the Community Hub
Date Tuesday 13 September 2016
Time 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Location Weston Auditorium Foyer - De Havilland Campus University of Hatfield, Hatfield, AL10 9EU
Cost Free
Details

The Hertfordshire Sustainable Funding Fair provides a great opportunity for voluntary and community groups from across Hertfordshire to come together to find out about new and existing funding sources and support services.

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Twitter If you're a not-for-profit then check out the Hertfordshire Sustainable Funding Fair on 13/09 http://hooke.co/eheo #Hertfordshire #CIC
Event Business Planning Seminar
Organiser STANTA
Date Friday 9 September 2016
Time 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location Clydesdale Bank Business & Private Banking Centre, Saint Albans
Cost Free
Details

Whether you are a new start up or a more established business that needs to refresh or create a new plan for your business, STANTA’s Business Planning Seminar will help you understand the process, from research through to preparing to implement the plan. It will give you insights into the key strategy issues, developing your marketing plan and understanding the key financial data, and building this into a coherent plan, as well as a quick round up of the key practical issues for most start-ups.

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Twitter Join @StantaAdvice for a free business planning seminar on 9th September. #Herts #StAlbans http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Ready, Set, Grow... Introduction to Self-Employment
Organiser Wenta
Date Friday 19 August 2016
Time 9:30am - 2:30pm
Location BTC, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2DX
Cost Free
Details

This free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. This workshop teaches you how to start a business based around your business ideas, it guides you through the process of how to start your own company and it advises you on key issues you should consider when starting up in business.

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Twitter Considering self-employment? Join a FREE workshop with @TheWentaGroup 19 August #Herts #Stevenage http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Cyber Crime – The Threat, The Cost, and What We Can Do About It
Organiser biz4Biz
Date Thursday 18 August 2016
Time 7:00am - 9:00am
Location Needham House Hotel, Blakemore End Road, Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JJ
Cost £20 + VAT. The cost includes tea coffee and a full English or continental breakfast.
Details

No business can afford to ignore cyber crime. The reality is that every business connected to the internet can expect to fall victim to cyber crime at some point, as criminals expand their ability to steal money directly or to turn stolen data into money.

Our guest speaker is Tony Richardson, the MD of Letchworth-based Octree Computers, a highly respected cyber security expert with a CISSP certification and a postgraduate diploma in Cyber Security from Lancaster University.

Tony’s presentation aims to highlight the current, and future, cyber threats all businesses face. It will draw attention to the rising cost of breaches, regulatory penalties and deliver some statistical anecdotal evidence that should change the mind-set of business owners and board members towards cyber security.

With that in mind it will also present the new government initiative aimed at SMEs to improve their cyber resilience, namely Cyber Essentials. And through collaboration it can also lead to greater revenues, better client relationships and a create an image of heightened responsibility.

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Twitter Join @biz4Biz and @octreelimited on 18/08 for cyber crime knowledge and breakfast networking http://hooke.co/eheo #Letchworth #Herts
Event Social Media Training
Organiser Wenta
Date Wednesday 17 August 2016
Time 9:30am - 2:30pm
Location BTC, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2DX
Cost £65 inc VAT
Details

Are you all of a Twitter and confused on how social media can be used effectively for your business? The world is changing and love it or loathe it, social media is a powerful online marketing tool. This workshop will help you understand how social media can help increase customers to your business.

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Twitter Join @TheWentaGroup to learn more about social media on August 17th #Herts #Stevenage http://hooke.co/eheo
Event August Chamber Lunch with the Bank of England
Organiser Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Date Tuesday 16 August 2016
Time 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location Beales Hotel Hatfield, Comet Way, Hatfield, AL10 9NG
Cost Member: £35.00 per person. Non-member: £40.00 per person.
Details

Join us at the Beales Hotel Hatfield for what promises to be an interesting talk on the Bank of England – an important player in the post-Brexit vote business economy scene which we have all been witnessing since Thursday 23 June. There will also be ample time for some networking before, during and after lunch.

We are delighted that Phil Eckersley, Bank of England Agent, has agreed to be our guest speaker at this second monthly Chamber lunch in Hatfield on Tuesday 16 August. Phil will talk about the UK Economy and will take questions at the end of the presentation.

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Twitter Come to @hertschamber lunch with Bank of England on 16th Aug in #Hatfield #Herts for knowledge and networking. http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Managing Performance and Staff Appraisals
Organiser Hertfordshire Growth Hub
Date Tuesday 16 August 2016
Time 9:15am - 1:00pm
Location Hotel Novotel Stevenage, Knebworth Park, Stevenage, SG1 2AX
Cost £95.00
Details

In a difficult economic environment businesses need to get the most from their staff. This course will enable delegates to understand and get the most from performance management processes.

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Twitter Join @HertsGrowthHub on Aug 16th to learn more about staff appraisals #Herts #Stevenage http://hooke.co/eheo
Event Google Analytics Essentials (Level 1)
Organiser Stanta
Date Thursday 21 July 2016
Time 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location Stanta Business Center, Soothouse Spring, St Albans
Cost £90
Details

Ever wondered how many people visit your website, and what they do when they get there?

Google Analytics is one of the market leaders in analysing your website’s usage, and best of all it’s free!

This two hour training session takes you through how to understand what’s happening to your website and draw commercial conclusions from the statistics.

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Twitter Come to @StantaAdvice Google Analytics Essentials Workshop on 21st July at 10am #Herts #StAlbans. Book your tickets now! http://hooke.co/ehe