Pendle Business Week 2018

During Pendle Business Week, Pendle Council and Pendle Vision, along with a host of business specialists, are running a series of seminars and workshops for local businesses.

We want to create the business environment, skills and confidence for businesses to start and grow here in Pendle. Find out more about why Pendle is a great place to do business when Pendle Connects comes to the borough with Insider Insights on October 15th.

Monday 15 October

Build a digital marketing plan featuring Google Digital Garage The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google’s commitment to providing free digital skills training to everyone across the UK. This FREE workshop will be delivered by Google Digital Garage. You’ll find out how to build a bespoke digital marketing plan for your small business - and ways to measure its success. Our tutor will also give you the lowdown on the main digital channels that are available and the types of goals they can help you achieve. You’ll leave with the skills needed to create a practical, realistic digital strategy that works for you and gets results. Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NN 10am – 11.30am Book:

Answer questions with data featuring Google Digital Garage The Google Digital Garage project is part of Google’s commitment to provide free digital skills training to everyone across the UK. This FREE workshop will be delivered by Google Digital Garage. Knowing how to turn digital data into actionable insights can improve your online campaign results and help you meet your goals. In this topic, you’ll learn about the data cycle, how to draw actionable insights from raw data and which tools can help you manage digital data efficiently. We’ll also cover how to present information in a way that will make the most impact with a target audience. Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NN 12pm – 1.30pm Book:

Starting your own business This one day workshop provides you with a detailed look at all aspects of starting and running a business from marketing and business planning to understanding financial aspects within your business. At the end of this workshop you’ll be able to do your own research to see if your business idea is viable, put together a draft business plan and have an understanding of profit and loss and managing your cash flow. You’ll also be given an overview of tax and VAT issues. As well as a great opportunity to get some fantastic free information, this workshop is a great opportunity to talk to other local new business start-ups and swap experience and contacts. Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NN 9.30am – 3pm Book: Email or call (01772) 429290

Boost your business – boost your rating The Council’s Food and Safety team is working with businesses who wish to improve their food hygiene rating. The Council is now promoting businesses with a 5 rating on Facebook and Twitter and is looking to help businesses to achieve this and comply with the law. Food businesses are invited to this informal session, which will review issues from their previous inspection and highlight what can be done to improve their rating. The Council will also give advice on how businesses can comply with allergen rules following recent incidents in Lancashire. Nelson Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG 2pm – 4pm Book: Email or call (01282) 661640

Tuesday 16 October

Marketing online or flatline In this workshop you’ll get to grips with building an effective online marketing plan by understanding the three key aspects of online marketing: search optimisation, pay per click (such as Google AdWords) and social media platforms. By the end of this session you’ll be able to select the most appropriate online marketing tools for your business which will support your business growth. You will gain an understanding of the techniques to help you optimise your website, improve your social media management and measure the success of your activity. Nelson Town Hall, Market Street, Neson, BB9 7LG 1:30pm – 4:30pm Book: Email or call (01772) 429290

Network with confidence Rachel Kay, Director of lovelocalnetworking and Pendle Connects, has distilled her 12+ years of networking experience into a morning’s workshop to transform the way you approach networking. You’ll learn how to prepare for events, ways to start (and finish) conversations, simple confidence techniques, what the most important skill is in networking, how to craft the perfect sixty second pitch and how to follow up effectively. The Civic Hall, Station Road, Barnoldswick, BB18 5NA 9:30am – 12:45pm Book: Email or call (01282) 661640

Mayor’s Business Lunch Pendle Business Award winners are invited to join the Mayor over lunch to discuss pressing business issues and access support to help grow their business. Invitation only.

Wednesday 17 October

Pendle Connects – Insiders Insights Hear from four of Pendle’s well known entrepreneurs who will share the secrets of their success at this popular, quarterly, free to attend event. Open networking will be followed by a Pendle Council update, our four speakers and audience questions at the end. Connects events are open to all Pendle based businesses and those doing business in Pendle. All sectors, private, public and voluntary are welcome to attend. Businesswise Solutions, The Energy Centre, 16 Lindred Road, Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, Nelson BB9 5SR 8am – 10am Book:

Book keeping This half day workshop will help you understand what you need to do in terms of keeping accurate records for your business. The workshop will help you understand the ‘ins and outs’ of keeping accurate financial records including: • how to write up your books • different types of book keeping • know where your money is • how much money you owe or are owed • what does your cash flow look like • how much profit you’ve made • overview of Income Tax and Self- Assessment requirements. Nelson Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG 1.30pm – 4.30pm Book: Email or call (01772) 429290

Scaling for growth In order to scale your business, you need to find clever ways to acquire customers and boost new revenue. This networking event will teach you how to grow faster than via traditional growth paths! We’ll introduce you to new techniques on how things scale and how to achieve bigger results with much less effort. Scaling will change the way you do business and make really big things happen for you. This masterclass is for all entrepreneurs to learn about plans and tactics that deliver big results in less time and less cost. Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NN 5pm – 8pm Book: or call (01282) 661640

Thursday 18 October

Women on the up Are you a female business owner based in Pendle with an aspiration to grow your business? If so, we’d love you to join Women on the Up, a one day female leadership course combining experiential learning and one to one support from some of the UK’s most inspiring leaders. We’re going to push you, inspire you, equip you with some great business growth tools and introduce you to a group of fab women. You’ll leave this day with a renewed focus and a 12 month action plan to work on with your mentor who will be assigned to you following the course. Colne Town Hall, Albert Road, Colne, BB8 OAQ 9.30am onwards Book: Email or call 07929 917701

Make Apprenticeships work for you Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub will give advice on how businesses can make best use of the changes in the apprenticeship framework and funding. Topics covered: • understanding apprenticeship reform and what has changed • what makes up an apprenticeship programme • how apprenticeships are funded • levy • non-levy • making the case for apprenticeships • top things an employer needs to know about apprenticeships • recruit an apprentice • the local dimension • further information / links and resources The Fence Gate Inn, Wheatley Lane Road, Fence BB12 9EE 8am – 10am Book: Email or call (01282) 661640

Friday 19 October

Sell sell sell! Ever wondered why you didn’t close that last deal? Why your competition seems to beat you even though you have a better product or service? Join us for an insightful session delivered by one of the region’s leading sales professionals. The workshop will enable you to spot buying signals, handle rejections, close deals and more importantly build those long term relationships that will secure your business growth for the future. This half day workshop is suitable for prestart and existing businesses and is aimed at individuals wishing to develop their selling skills. Nelson Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG 9:30am – 12:30pm Book: Email or call (01772) 429290 Tourism Conference Tourism is a vital part of the local economy generating £116m each year for Pendle, and is set within a regional context of the Lancashire Visitor Economy Strategy. This conference is both a knowledge exchange and a networking opportunity for all types of businesses involved in the visitor economy, including retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, holiday cottage owners, visitor attractions and event organisers. This year’s theme is connections. How do we connect with our visitors and with each other in the industry? Speakers: • Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire • Jane Daunt, Director at Boundary Mill • Nick Hunt, Creative Director for Mid Pennine Arts • Paul Hartley, Director of local arts organisation In-Situ The event is FREE but booking is essential. InSitu Garage, Glenway, Brierfield, BB9 5NH 9.30am – 12.30pm Book: Email or call (01282) 661693