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					WORKSHEET 14:
     MEETING THE THOMSON LOCAL HERO
 If your school is one of the 50 selected schools to have received
 the unique Thomson Local Bursary Pack you will have access                  WORKING WITH YOUR
 to a Thomson Local Hero, a local business spokesperson
 specially recruited to help you start up your business.
                                                                             THOMSON LOCAL HERO:
                                                                             Your teacher will have the details of
 If your teacher has not applied for a Bursary Pack, there may still
                                                                             who your Thomson Local Hero is.
 be time, so why not find out more at http://buildabusiness.
                                                                             You will receive two visits from your
 thomsonlocal.com/forteachers.aspx
                                                                             Local Hero:
                                                                             1. A workshop to provide you with
                                                                                the opportunity to ask questions
 GETTING THE MOST OUT OF WORKING                                                about how to set up a business
                                                                                or get more detailed information
 WITH YOUR THOMSON LOCAL HERO                                                   about certain aspects of running
                                                                                your own company.
 To get the most out of working with your Thomson Local
 Hero, here are some tips on how to prepare for the visits.                  2. A visit to review your business
                                                                                plan together and help you
 Before the workshop:                                                           finalise it.
 1. Before meeting with your Thomson Local Hero for
    the first time conduct research on his or her company
    to familiarise yourself with his or her background.
 In small groups, interview a manager or other representative                BEFORE THE BUSINESS
 from the company. This can be done over the phone, if
 necessary. If an interview cannot be arranged, use the
                                                                             PLAN REVIEW:
 company’s website to obtain the following details:                          Make sure your business plan is as
                                                                             complete as it can be and decide
 •   What is the company name?                                               on how you want to present it to
 •   Is it a private limited company or a PLC?                               your Thomson Local Hero. You
 •   What are its main objectives?                                           could also send your business
                                                                             plan to your Local Hero before the
 •   How is it organised (structured)?
                                                                             meeting and highlight any areas
 •   What products — goods and/or services — does it provide?                you want to discuss in more detail.
 •   Who are its main customers (e.g. the general public,
     other businesses)?
 •   How would the choice and registration of a business
     name be different if this business had been set up as
     (a) a sole trader
     Or
     (b) a partnership, rather than as a limited company?
 2. Then discuss with your team what you want to get out
    of the workshop and let your Thomson Local Hero
    know, especially if there is a particular topic you
    want to discuss.
 3. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask your
    Thomson Local Hero. You could ask how they
    identified what product to sell or service to offer. Or
    you could ask what the biggest challenges were when
    starting up a business or what pitfalls to look out for.




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