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					Starting in business
   - looking for the answers?
Find out at a FREE 2 hour ‘Starting a Business – Is it
for me?’ event
Starting out in business is a major step for anyone to take. It can be both
exciting and rewarding but there are many issues to be considered and many
questions that need answers. The Business Link ‘Starting a Business – Is it
for me?’ event will help you get them. They are delivered by experienced
business advisers and will take you through all the key personal, business
and legal issues and give you the best chance of success. This leaflet
outlines exactly what you will find out at the events. Booking your place is
simple - see overleaf for details.

                       ‘Starting a Business – Is it for me?’ will cover:
1. Why go into self-employment?                                      5. What is a business plan and do you need one ?
Going self-employed is a decision that needs to be                   Your business plan is more than a paper document.
taken with your ‘eyes wide open’. During this section,
                                                                     It is something that pulls all the aspects of your idea
which is an honest ‘reality check’, you will learn about:            together - to help you succeed right from the start.
• The pros and cons of starting your own business                    This section will help ensure you understand:
• The impact self-employment can have on you                         • Why it’s important to have your plan
• Why self-employment is right for you                               • What needs to be in your business plan

2. What does it take to run my own business?                         6. What happens next?
You’re going to need to exploit your existing skills and
develop new ones. This section will give you a good                  There is a wide range of information and advice
understanding of the personal factors involved, including:           available through Business Link to help you start your
• Establishing the right skills and vision                           own business. This closing section will give you an
• Developing the essential knowledge                                 opportunity to ask questions and find out what additional
• How important experience is                                        help and support there is to be gained from Business
                                                                     Link to help you to start and grow a successful
3. Does my idea have the potential to be a business?                 business.

Good ideas can make good businesses but there’s no
guarantee. Checking your idea first requires some
honest assessment and groundwork. This section will
provide the framework covering:
• Does your idea have business potential?
• How do you undertake the right research?
• Who and where are your customers?
• Who’s going to be your competition?

4. Common Legislation issues?
There is a wide range of requirements placed upon
people starting a business. It is daunting but it can be
managed and this section will focus on the most
important areas, and what you need to do:
• What sort of legal structure should your business have?
• Dealing with insurance




 This event i s part of the Busine ss Link Start Up Service, which also includes • information and advice
               • on-line business ideas and personal entrepreneurship reviews • workshops



                                                            September 2010
Dates, venues and times                                                       Booking form
WILTSHIRE                                                                    To book your place, fill in your details below
Date                                Place                      Time          then return this section to Business Link.
Thursday 9 September 2010           Trow bridge               18.00-20.00
Monday 13 September 2010            Sw indon                  14.00-17.00    You can book by:
Monday 18 October 2010              Sw indon                  14.00-16.00    PHONE ON: 0845 600 9966
Thursday 7 October 2010             Trow bridge               18.00-20.00    FAX TO: 0845 0800733
Monday 8 November 2010              Sw indon                  14.00-16.00    E-MAIL TO: enquiry@businesslinksw.co.uk
Thursday 4 November 2010            Trow bridge               18.00-20.00    POST TO: ‘Starting a Business’ Event, Bus iness
Monday 13 December 2010             Sw indon                  14.00-17.00    Link, Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA
Thursday 2 December 2010            Trow bridge               18.00-20.00
Monday 24 January 2011              Sw indon                  14.00-16.00
                                                                             Your chosen venue:
Thursday 6 January 2011             Trow bridge               18.00-20.00
Monday 28 February 2011             Sw indon                  14.00-16.00
                                                                              .................................................................................................
Thursday 3 February 2011            Trow bridge               18.00-20.00

                                                                             Date of event..........................................................................
THE WEST
Date                                Place                       Time
Tuesday 7 September 2010            North Bristol             14.30-16.30
Thursday 23 September 2010          Bath                      16.30-18.30    Title..........................................................................................
Thursday 16 September 2010          Central Bristol           18.15-20.15
                                                                             First name ..............................................................................
Tuesday 21 September 2010           Weston-Super-Mare         18.00-20.00
Wednesday 6 October 2010            North Bristol             14.30-16.30
                                                                             Surname .................................................................................
Thursday 14 October 2010            Bath                      14.00-16.00
Thursday 21 October 2010            Central Bristol           18.15-20.15
                                                                             Position ...................................................................................
Tuesday 19 October 2010             Weston-Super-Mare         18.00-20.00
Wednesday 3 November 2010           North Bristol             14.30-16.30
                                                                             Business name:
Thursday 18 November 2010           Bath                      14.00-16.00
Thursday 18 November 2010           Central Bristol           18.15-20.15
                                                                              .................................................................................................
Tuesday 16 November 2010            Weston-Super-Mare         18.00-20.00
Wednesday 1 December 2010           North Bristol             14.30-16.30    Address...................................................................................
Thursday 9 December 2010            Bath                      14.00-16.00
Thursday 16 December 2010           Central Bristol           18.15-20.15     .................................................................................................
Wednesday 5 January 2011            North Bristol             14.30-16.30
Thursday 18 January 2011            Bath                      14.00-16.00     .................................................................................................
Thursday 20 January 2011            Central Bristol           18.15-20.15
Tuesday 18 January 2011             Weston-Super-Mare         18.00-20.00     .................................................................................................
Wednesday 2 February 2011           North Bristol             14.30-16.30
Thursday 17 February 2011           Bath                      14.00-16.00    Postcode.................................................................................
Thursday 17 February 2011           Central Bristol           18.15-20.15
Tuesday 15 February 2011            Weston-Super-Mare         18.00-20.00    Tel............................................................................................


GLOUC ESTERSHIRE                                                             E-mail ......................................................................................
Date                                Place                      Time
Wednesday 1 September 2010          Cheltenham                18.00-20.00    No. of employees ..................................................................
Thursday 16 September 2010          Stroud                    18.00-20.00
Wednesday 6 October 2010            Cheltenham                18.00-20.00    Planned trading start date....................................................
Tuesday 19 October 2010             Stroud                    18.00-20.00
Wednesday 3 November 2010           Cheltenham                18.00-20.00    Forecast sales in first year...................................................
Tuesday 16 November 2010            Stroud                    18.00-20.00
Wednesday 1 December 2010           Cheltenham                18.00-20.00    Where did you hear about this event?
Tuesday 14 December 2010            Stroud                    18.00-20.00
Wednesday 5 January 2011            Cheltenham                18.00-20.00     ..... ..................................................................................
Tuesday 12 January 2011             Stroud                    18.00-20.00
Wednesday 2 February 2011           Cheltenham                18.00-20.00
Tuesday 15 February 2011            Stroud                    18.00-20.00

All dates and information are accurate at the time of printing, but may be
subject to change.                                                                  Business Link, Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh
                                                                                                Bristol, BS8 3 RA
                                                                                                T: 0845 600 9966
                                                                 September 2010       www.businesslink.gov.uk/southwest

				
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