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The affluent district of Chichester is not only the administrative and commercial centre of West Sussex, but it also boasts a rich cultural heritage and an outstanding natural environment that support a range of successful industries.

With self-employment and micro-businesses also a key characteristic of the area, the level of entrepreneurship is high, making it an ideal location to start your business.

If you have an idea for a new business or you have recently started your own business in the Chichester area, the Business Start Up Hot House Programme could provide you with the support and expertise you need to thrive in your first year of operation.

Whatever your business idea, the programme includes a range of stimulating and challenging business and personal development activities that are ideal for people from all work and educational backgrounds.

Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th March 2016
Coaching Session
Appointments to be arranged. 

Thursday 17th March
What is your business?
9.30am: 12.30pm
In your first workshop you will be introduced to the Business Model Canvas – the 9 building blocks of business and how this can help you plan the next stage of your business.

Thursday 24th March
Business Round Table Discussions

Thursday 31st March
Where is your market?
Research is important when developing a marketing strategy. In this session you will look at research methods and the best places to go and research your business idea, your customers and the market place. This session builds on the Value Proposition and the Customer Segments.  

Thursday 7th April
Digital Marketing
The way companies find and interact with their customers has radically changed over the last few years. This workshop will look at how you can develop your website, web-based marketing and the power of social media. This session develops the building block ‘Channels’ on your Business Model Canvas

Thursday 14th April
Business Round Table Discussions

Thursday 21st April
Pitching your business: Networking and Sales
Making sales doesn’t need to be scary.  This workshop will look at the essentials of negotiation, the impact of body language and tips to help you close the sale.

Thursday 28th April
Business Structures, legalities and tax
In this session you’ll discover the pros and cons of various business structures, and learn about the key elements of the law that will impact on your business.  You’ll also learn more about income tax, VAT and National Insurance, and leave the session with an understanding of how to meet your obligations without paying any more tax than necessary.

Thursday 5th May
Business Round Table Discussions

Thursday 19th May
Your workshop
The final workshop is all about you and that’s exactly why the group decide what the focus will be.  Whatever you group would like to know more about, this session can be used ask questions and learn more.

Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th May
Coaching Session
One hour final coaching to try and find out about distance covered in the session and what any additional needs are that the Chamber or University can offer.

More information

Please call Gareth Sear  01243 812041 or email or book now by clicking here!