Ready2Grow – Growth Academy Workshops

Funding for Business Growth
This workshop looks at how to fund your growth strategy and what tools you need to be investment ready.
Date: 9th January 2019
Time: 09:00am – 13:00pm
Venue: Innovation Centre, Green Street, NN1 1SY

Marketing on a Shoe String
This workshop looks at how to maximise your marketing budget.
Date: 25th January 2019
Time: 13:00pm – 17:00pm
Venue: Innovation Centre, Green Street, NN1 1SY

Innovation at the Heart of a Growing Business
This workshops focuses on using innovation to develop new services, processes and products.
Date: 1st February 2019
Time: 09:00am – 13:00pm
Venue: The Deco, Abington Square, NN1 4AE

Getting the Best from your People
This workshop focuses on how to build strong relationships with your staff, clients and suppliers.
Date: 6th February 2019
Time: 13:00pm – 17:00pm
Venue: The Deco, Abington Square, NN1 4AE

Funding for Business Growth
This workshop looks at how to fund your growth strategy and what tools you need to be investment ready.
Date: 11th February 2019
Time: 13:00pm – 17:00pm
Venue: The Deco, Abington Square, NN1 4AE

To book, please get in touch with us by emailing Jordan.russell@northampton.ac.uk or by calling 01604 892808.

We have a limited number of spaces available, so book early to avoid disappointment.


About the workshops

 

Funding Business Growth

This half day interactive workshop looks at how to fund your growth strategy and what you will need to prepare for your business to be Investment Ready, and what you need to do once you have finance in place.

  • Planning funding to meet the Growth Strategy.
  • Getting the mix right – Debt, equity, grants, asset finance, R&D tax credits, crowd funding and others.
  • Preparing for Due Diligence – Forecasting, costing and pricing,  Investment readiness.
  • On-going Financial management – management accounts, managing cashflow, communications with funders.

About the presenter:

Janette Pallas is a specialist growth coach, adviser and training consultant specialising in supporting high growth businesses.

Janette’s expertise is in supporting ambitious senior management teams to successfully develop from strategic and operational plans to commercialise new products and services.

Janette will challenge and support you to develop robust business plans and funding applications to access the finance required to grow the business.


 Marketing on a shoe string

This session will look at marketing your business from the perspective of an SME with a limited marketing budget. Many small companies restrict their marketing activity due to a perceived lack of money so this session will focus on what you can do – not what you can’t. Specifically we will look at:

  • The importance of marketing within a small business
  • Marketing and sales – how they are different, yet linked
  • What is value for money ?
  • What works for you
  • Where to get effective results from a limited budget
  • Doing the right things not just many things!
  • Measuring success

Nuala Foley (Nuala Foley & Associates Ltd) is a highly experienced business consultant having worked with start- up enterprises and SME’s for many years. Her company was established in 2013 and therefore in addition to her business knowledge she brings first personal experience of starting and running a business. This allows her to relate to the business needs of the other owner/managers and also their fears, challenges and excitement.


Innovation at the heart of your business

Innovation is not just for technical and engineering companies – it is for all companies. This session will look at innovation at the core of every business whatever the service or product, and how creating a culture of innovation leads to new products, better services and better ways of doing things. This all impacts upon your bottom line. Specifically we will look at:

  • What do we mean by innovation in the context of an SME who is delivering a generic product or service?
  • Why innovate?
  • What does innovation mean within your business and does it already exist? Who drives it ?
  • How to create a culture of innovation and creative thinking which helps you to set an ambitious vision and to develop a plan to achieve it
  • Case Study examples of those who have done it before
  • Disney’s creative strategy Model
  • Innovation planning

Nuala Foley (Nuala Foley & Associates Ltd) is a highly experienced business consultant having worked with start- up enterprises and SME’s for many years. Her company was established in 2013 and therefore in addition to her business knowledge she brings first personal experience of starting and running a business. This allows her to relate to the business needs of the other owner/managers and also their fears, challenges and excitement.


Getting the best out of your people

Your company is only as good as the people in it and for it  (?) what does that mean…..with this in mind this session will explore your relationships with your key stakeholders and how you get the best from them to help you grow a sustainable business. Specifically this session will:

  • Explore leadership v management and when to use what
  • Your style of management v leadership and your impact on your staff
  • How to get the best from your team  – dealing with underperformers, achievers and staff who have grown stagnant
  • How you can use those same skills with your suppliers and clients to improve your relationships with them thus leading to better agreements and sales in the future
  • The power of you in all of these relationships and how your approach can direct the outcome of all key stakeholder and staff relationships.

Nuala Foley (Nuala Foley & Associates Ltd) is a highly experienced business consultant having worked with start- up enterprises and SME’s for many years. Her company was established in 2013 and therefore in addition to her business knowledge she brings first personal experience of starting and running a business. This allows her to relate to the business needs of the other owner/managers and also their fears, challenges and excitement.