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Bognor Regis Business Start Up Course

The Bognor Regis Business Start Up Hot House 

FREE business start programme for people with a business idea or people who have just started their business in Bognor Regis and the Arun District. 

Launches on June 6th with 'Start Up Saturday'. 

Book your FREE place now! 


Sign up NOW to join this incredible 6 month business start up programme.

Launches - June 6th with 'Start Up Saturday'

Start Up Saturdays – Taste it, feel it, love it, START IT.

A whirlwind of information and takeaways that you can use to develop your own business. Be inspired by others who have started up their own business and get a taster of a how powerful peer group support is when growing your business.

Arrive 9am – tea and coffee

9.15 - 9.30 Welcome and introductions

9.30 – 10.00 5 incredible things you need to know when starting your business

  • Why you don’t need a business plan (yet) – because you have nothing to build it on
  • But why you need to plan your business – an introduction to the BMC
  • Get a verbal business card
  • Finances on the back of an envelope
  • Just get out there and do it! The Minimum Viable Product

10.00 – 10.30 This is how I did it – two speakers 10 minute talk and 5 minutes q &a

10.30 to 11.00 – 5 incredible marketing things that can help you start your business

  • The 4 P’s of marketing
  • What’s a customer?
  • Why will they buy from me?
  • Why do I need a website?
  • What social media platform is best for your business?

11-11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.00 Peer group tasters

Bring along your business idea and join in with other people who are starting their own business. Introduce your business idea and have the opportunity to discuss it with your group in a sessions facilitated by an experienced business advisor and peer group facilitator. 

Delivered in partnership with the South's premier peer to peer workgroup organisation, MDHUB 

12.00 to 12.30 Dreams, visions, goals.

  • I have a dream, I have a vision
  • I now have goals & objectives
  • Don’t just dream it. Do it.
  • The Business Hot House.  

12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch, chatting and meeting new people! 

Don't miss your chance to attend this incredible business start up day - places are limited so make sure you sign up now - it will only take a moment, cost you nothing and could make all the difference to the success of your business. 


Got a question about Start Up Saturday? Then call Fran on 01243 793459 or Gareth on 012430812041 or email   But it doesn't stop there - the full Bognor Regis Business Start Up Hot House programme launches May 17th! 

The Bognor Regis Business Start Up Hot House 2015 

Starts July 4th. 

Business Start Up Boot Camp - July 4th and July 5th.

Location: The Dome Enterprise Centre, University of Chichester Business School, Bognor Regis 

Content: Two action packed, fun packed, information packed days of learning how to verbalise and visualise your business.

  • Verbal Business Cards

Learn how to express your ‘value proposition’ in various different ways to various different people. This is a fun and highly interactive way of learning what difference your business can make to people, led by Dr Lyn Batchelor this session will really get you thinking and talking about your business.

  • The Business Model Canvas

Led by Dr Lyn Batchelor, the Business Model Canvas is an amazing tool that helps you to visualise your business through the 9 building blocks of business, lots of colourful sticky notes and some facilitated group discussions.

The Boot Camp continues with sessions around 

  • Creating your vision
  • Setting your goals and objectives
  • How to research your business idea
  • Test trading and the minimum viable product

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • What the 9 building block so business are
  • What these mean to your business
  • How to vocalise your business
  • How to research the market

Your take-aways: 

  • A fully completed business model canvas 
  • A deck of verbal business cards
  • A cash flow forecast template
  • A market research template

The Business Start Up Workshops

Dates: First week of each month. Exact dates and times TBC. 

Venue: The Dome Enterprise Centre, University of Chichester Business School, Bognor Regis

Content: A series of 6, 3 hour knowledge workshops. Learn what it takes to be successful in your business start-up. Build the knowledge to gain the confidence to create sales, develop powerful relationships with your customers and grow and develop your business. The workshops include:

Workshop 1

Marketing and Advertising

What the workshop is about:

Through the work you have done with the business model canvas you will understand your customer segments and you value proposition. In this workshop you will start to understand more about your customers, how to research them, how to learn from them to develop your business further.  We will delve in to the murky depths of prising what you sell and how to avoid becoming price led by focusing on your value proposition and your brand.  Words are important to promote your business and you learn what the powerful words are that can be used to communicate your value proposition to your customers. Brainstorm ideas and places to advertise your business.

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • About your customers and why they will want to buy from you
  • What your brand will look and feel like, the emotions that your brand will carry
  • How to price your good and services
  • Great places to advertise your business

Your take-aways:

  • 5 top tips on how to price your good and services
  • 2 personas of your best customers
  • Your 3 top places to advertise your business

Workshop 2

Digital Marketing, websites, social media and email marketing

What the workshop is about:

If you are not doing digital marketing then you are missing out on many many new customers. Digital marketing can be as simple as a presence on social media through to complex websites and digital marketing campaigns.  In this fast and furious 3 hour session you will learn some great tips on how to get a website built, how to make it ‘search engine’ friendly, why you should engage on social media, who to engage on social media and how to engage on social media. In addition, email marketing, which is still the number one way to drive sales will be covered with some basic tips and tools to make it successful.

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • The best social media platforms for your business and it’s customers
  • Different ways to get a website built and make it search engine friendly and customer focused
  • Why email is important and how to use it

Your take-aways:

  • A list of the main social media platforms, their demographics and 5 top tips on how to use them
  • A list of ways to get websites made and the pro’s and con’s of each one
  • 5 top tips for making your website search engine friendly and customer focused.
  • 5 top tips for getting email addresses and how to market using them.

Workshop 3

Pitching your business and Selling

What the workshop is about:

Marketing is important, but when you get a lead for a customer, what next? If you can can’t sell what you are offering then you don’t have a business. The importance of effective communication and selling are covered in this workshop. Building on your verbal business cards you will learn how to effectively network and where your local networking opportunities are.

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • Understand the sales cycle
  • How to close a sale
  • How to handle objections

Your take-aways:

  • Crib sheet of objections and how to overcome them
  • A copy of the sales cycle
  • 5 top tips on how to close a sale
  • A list of the local business networks

Workshop 4

Legalities, including registering, business names and intellectual property.

What the workshop is about:

There is a lot of legal things to know about in business. Tax, legal structures, contracts, employing people, intellectual property and record keeping.  In this workshop we will introduce you to all these areas of running your own business and tailor it as much as possible to the group.

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • How to legally structure your business
  • What the legal implications of running your business may be
  • What HMRC (the tax office) need to know – and what you need to know about tax
  • What your intellectual property is
  • Things to consider in a contract

Your take-aways:

  • A crib sheet on the three main legal structures for a business
  • Information on intellectual property
  • A tax planner for self-employed people

Workshop 5

Book keeping and cash flow planning

What the workshop is about:

Cash is a paramount in any business and will flow in and out of your business in roughly equal amounts, but possibly at different times. It is important to understand when this will happen and a cash flow forecast is the ideal way of keeping an eye on this.  You will also need to keep financial records of everything you will do in the business. During this workshop we will go through how to keep these records and work with you to find the best solution for you and your business. We will also touch on business banking and handling cash.  

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • Create a simple cash flow for your business
  • Understand book keeping and the best way to do it for you and your business.

Your take-aways:

  • A personal copy of your cash flow that you will have started to complete. (Bring a lap top if you have one)
  • A template of the records that you need to keep for your business

Workshop 6

What next? Launching (if you haven’t already) Business support, raising finance and things to make your business life easier

What the workshop is about:

Some people make running a business look effortless and most of the time it can be. However, there will be times when you need to turn to other people for help.  In this workshop we will explore the other business support initiatives that are available to you and how to access them, roles in your business that you may want to outsource and ways of raising finance for your business, whether that is to start up or to grow your business. In addition we will look at how to launch your business and achieve that all important first sale.  Finally we will review your business model canvas that you did on your business start-up boot camp.

What you will learn and be able to use in your business:

  • How to use other business support initiatives to ensure the success of your business
  • Ways of creating your first sale – if you haven’t already done so
  • What you can do to raise finance for your business
  • What to get other people to do

Your take-aways:

  • A list of business support initiative and how to access them
  • 5 top tips on MVP’s (minimum viable product) and test trading
  • 5 great ways to raise finance for your business

Peer to Peer Workgroups 

Delivered by our partner MDHUB the workgroups bring together all the people on the programme to form group that will help you to grow and develop your business by using the experience and knowledge of everyone in the group. 

The workgroup is expertly facilitated by Kerry Kyriacou, one of the best peer to peer workgroup facilitators in the area. His experience in small business development and workgroup facilitation is exemplified by the work that he has done in the region on programmes that include Be the Business, the RGF funded Hot House programme, working with local chambers of commerce and delivering facilitation work on the MDHUB programmes. Kerry is also has the added knowledge of being a small business owner and understanding the challenges that this brings. 

As part of the programme you will benefit from 6 of these powerful two hour sessions that can really help you focus on your business. 

The delivery of the programme is expected to take place in the weekends and early evenings to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.


Do not miss this chance to join the programme, simply register your interest here or phone 012413 793459 or email NOW to tell us you want a  FREE place on this powerful and successful business start-up programme.

We want you to be successful with your business start up. With this in mind we have developed the 'Business Start Up Hot House Programme', starting on 18th April in Bognor Regis.  

A FREE, but powerful, 6 month programme to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to help achieve your dreams and ambitions of having your own business. 

Based at the University of Chichester's beautiful Business School in Bognor Regis the workshop and peer group programme will get you off to the best possible start. 

Fully funded by Arun District Council, this programme would normally cost in the region of £1,500 to attend, but is FREE to you. 

The University of Chichester has successfully run this programme for over 100 business start-ups over the last 18 months. This is what they have said: 

“A systematic approach to define all the important elements to bring my business to life”

“Excellent method of getting focus and identifying not only where to put my efforts but also what my previous efforts have resulted in”

“It was a useful and succinct way to analyse my business – much less daunting than writing a business plan” 

Join other members of the local Bognor Regis community and work with them to get your business started and growing. 

Email or call 01243 793459 or 01243 812041 NOW to book your place.