Develop practical business skills through workshops delivered by Venture Wales and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to help you start a new venture or learn more about how businesses work to impress a future employer.
The Business Start-up Series
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Attend six workshops and receive a Certificate of Professional Development in Business and Enterprise.
Please note: All business start-up workshops [Tuesday's 17.10] will take place in the Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Main Building
Introduction to Self Employment | Find out if starting your own venture is for you, as this workshop guides you through the things you'll need to know.
Know Your Market & Competitors | Understanding your market will help you make informed business decisions and form the basis of your marketing strategy. This will help you quantify the level of demand for your product/service, and if you can compete in the market place. You will have the information required to prepare a marketing plan.
Developing a Marketing Strategy | A Marketing Strategy consists of 'marketing objectives' and 'the marketing mix'. This module explores what marketing objectives are appropriate for your business and the four marketing P's - Product, Price, Place and Promotion.
Business Operations | Efficient management and operational systems are essential to the success of a business. A description of the operations of your business is one of the main components of your business plan. This workshop provides key information on the operations of a business, including the resources required, systems and procedures, production, health and safety and quality.
Costing & Pricing | The first step in the financial planning process is to identify the types of costs that will be incurred. It is important that the costs are researched thoroughly as they will provide the foundation for financial projections. It is the aim of this module to describe the pricing process in more detail.
An introduction to pitching and sales | Whether your business requires a bank loan, is looking for investment or selling to customers, the way you present yourself and the business can determine whether you're successful or not. Discover how to pitch like an expert.
Financial Planning | Bank managers and other funding bodies may request a cash flow forecast of the money coming into and going out of your business in the first year of trading. Other financial tools such as a profit and loss account and a balance sheet may also be required. The aim of this module is to take you through the process of preparing financial statements and analysing them using financial ratios and other methods.
Financial Administration | Managing a small business involves keeping your books properly, dealing with Income Tax and Self Assessment and ensuring that you pay National Insurance Contributions. If you are registered for VAT you will also have to meet the requirements of Customs and Excise and complete VAT Returns. If you are employing people you will have to set up a PAYE system.
These workshops form part of the Graduate Start-Up Support programme. Graduate Start Up Support is an EU funded project that is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government.
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Student Enterprise is actively supported by the Welsh Assembly Government's Big Ideas Wales campaign. The aim of which is to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to help them realise their potential.