We’re excited to announce the line-up of events for Start-up and Grow Week this September!
Running from 16th – 20th September 2019, this week long programme of training, workshops and events is designed to equip you with the skills and know-how to start or grow your business. 
You can follow all the action using #StartUpAndGrowWeek on Twitter!
The line-up for Start Up and Grow Week 2019 so far is as follows…
MONDAY

“Let’s Talk Business” – drop-in for business start-up advice

Monday 16th September, 10am – 2pm, at The Women’s Organisation (54 St James Street, L1 0AB). FREE.



Thinking of starting a business? If you have an idea or a hobby you could turn into a business, drop in for an informal chat with an expert Business Adviser at The Women’s Organisation. You’ll find out more about the logistics of going self-employed and discover what support is available to you.

Open to men and women who are thinking of starting a business in the Liverpool City Region. Booking essential. Secure your slot by contacting hello@thewo.org.uk or calling 0151 706 8111. More details here. 


Research your market: introduction to business information

Monday 16th September, 6 – 7.15pm at Liverpool Central Library’s Business & IP Centre.

Are you exploring a business idea and want to know if there is a market for it? Do you want to find out more about a particular competitor, supplier or a potential customer?

This free workshop will help you utilise the wealth of business information resources available at Liverpool Business & IP Centre to help you find:

• Up-to-the-minute data on company financial performance

• Lists of companies to contact

• Important questions about the demand for a product or service

• Major players in your sector

• Trends in the industry




TUESDAY

Building a Social Media Strategy
Tuesday 17th September, 10am – 1pm, at The Women’s Organisation (54 St James Street, L1 0AB). £50 or fully-funded*
This informative workshop will guide you through the different social media platforms suitable for your business, explore time saving techniques and help you build a social media marketing strategy to promote your business and build an online presence in a cost effective and efficient way.


You can book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here, or by contacting the team on 0151 706 8113 or enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk. *If you’re a woman living in the Liverpool City Region and thinking of starting a business, then you may be eligible for a FREE place on this course through the Enterprise Hub programme. Call the team to find out more.


Merseyside Expanding Horizons Business Brunch

Tuesday 17th September, 10am – 12pm, at Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Mill Lane, Old Swan, L13 5TF.


Our partners at Merseyside Expanding Horizons are hosting a business brunch for aspiring entrepreneurs this Start Up and Grow Week.


Contact staceyrobinson@expandinghorizons.co.uk for more info and bookings.


Protect your brand: trade marks and trade mark searching

Tuesday 17th September, 6-7pm at Liverpool Central Library’s Business & IP Centre.

An essential guide to understanding how trade marks can help your business succeed.

Trade marks distinguish the goods or services of one business from another and can take many forms, for example; words slogans, logos, shapes, colours and sounds.


In this workshop we will explain the key facts about trade marks and how to use our free web databases to see if this form of protection is available and suitable for your business idea. It is ideal for you if you are an entrepreneur, inventor or innovator with an idea or product you are looking to protect with a trade mark.

Click here to book your free place.


WEDNESDAY

Planning for Success – business planning course
Wednesday 18th September, 9.30am – 4pm, at The Women’s Organisation (54 St James Street, L1 0AB). £50 or fully-funded*

This one day of training is for women who have a clear business idea. It covers all the basics of business planning, looks at market research, promotion, advertising, pricing and financial skills helping to establish whether your business idea is potentially profitable.

You can book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here, or by contacting the team on 0151 706 8113 or enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk. *If you’re a woman living in the Liverpool City Region and thinking of starting a business, then you may be eligible for a FREE place on this course through the Enterprise Hub programme. Call the team to find out more.


Be Your Own Boss

Wednesday 18th September, 6 – 8pm, at St Helens Chamber (WA10 1FY). FREE.
‘Be Your Own Boss’ events are designed to give you the information you need to decide whether starting and running a business is for you. It’s informal, free and the best way to find out everything you need to start your own business. 
Book your free place online by clicking here or call the team now on 01744 742096 for more information.
THURSDAY
**Business Start-up Conference**
Thursday 19th September, 10am – 1pm, at Liverpool Central Library’s Business IP Centre (William Brown Street). FREE. Supported by Natwest Business.


We’re excited to see the return of our hugely popular business start-up conference, which will be a cornerstone event this Start-Up and Grow Week!
So far, we can confirm that two inspiring Liverpool entrepreneurs will be joining us to share their start-up journeys – Ruth Hartnoll, Founder of digital marketing agency J&R Agency, as well as Claire Morton, founder of Ell & Dee NLP Consultants – with more speakers still to be announced.
Book your free place via Eventbrite by clicking here, or you can contact enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113 for further information and bookings.

Digital Skills Training – Social Media Marketing & Web Presence
Thursday 19th September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, with The Extraordinary Club in Liverpool Central Library’s Business IP Centre (William Brown Street). FREE.

Following the start-up conference, we will be joined by The Extraordinary Club for an afternoon of Facebook certified training, talking all things web presence and social media strategy for early stage businesses. not to be missed!
Book your free place via Eventbrite by clicking here

Entrepreneur in Residence drop-in advice session 
Thursday 19th September, 1 – 4pm, at Liverpool Central Library’s Business IP Centre (William Brown Street). FREE.

Cllr Gary Millar and his team of business experts will be on hand to answer to your business start-up questions in this friendly drop-in session.
No need to book – just pop to the first floor!



FRIDAY

A Beginner’s Guide to GDPR and Information Security
Friday 20th September, 9.30am – 12.30pm at The Lauries (CH41 6EY).

This informative, half-day workshop helps you to keep your company safe and compliant by:


– Outlining the key principles of the General Data Protection Regulations in terms of the rights of your customers and the obligations of your business.

–  Explaining what should be considered when developing or reviewing your Privacy Policy

– Identifying techniques employed by hackers when attempting to breach your company and introducing some simple steps will help mitigate 80% of the most common threats faced… as well as providing some useful tips on how to keep you and your family safe online


Book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here. 


Open Business Drop at The Onion
Friday 20th September, 10am – 4pm at The Onion cafe, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre.

The Merseyside Expanding Horizons advice team will be on hand at The Onion cafe for anyone looking to start or grow a business to drop in and get some initial advice and information about the Enterprise Hub programme. 


No need to book – just drop-in!

For more details you can contact us on 0151 706 8113 or get in touch via e-mail at enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk

You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using @MerseyEntHub to be the first in the know about #StartUpAndGrowWeek.