Free workshops for starting community enterprises

A series of free community workshops is being held for residents and local groups who are interested in starting up a social or community enterprise that will have positive impact in the Broadland area.
Run by Lola Stafford Consulting, with support from Broadland District Council, the workshops will offer practical support in a relaxed and interactive environment and are designed for people ready to get started or just thinking about what they like to achieve.
They will also be appropriate for groups who are already constituted, but need to find ways to become financially sustainable.
A taster session giving a general overview will be held on Wednesday 24 October (10 am – 12 noon) – Exploring entrepreneurship: What are social and community enterprises and what is an entrepreneur? What are the legal structures and basic legal requirements involved?
Targeted workshops to follow (all 9.30 am – 1 pm):

  • 31 October – Business planning: deciding on your legal structure and what your business plan should include.
  • 7 November – Business registration and recruiting directors: forms, submissions and obligations.
  • 14 November – Financial planning: how to produce financial forecasts and ensure your business is viable.
  • 21 November – bid writing and funding. Identifying funding streams, intelligent bid writing and how to avoid common mistakes.
  • 28 November – How to complete a grant application: practical exercise in completing a live bid document.
  • 5 December – Marketing: sales, marketing and branding – identifying the difference and making it work for you.
  • 12 December – Feeling the fear: looking at what your emotional and mental blockers to success are and how to overcome them.

The programme finishes with a “surgery session” in the New Year to support progress.
The workshops will be held at Carrowbreck House, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BJ.