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9.06.13 Web size (50)Our Strive Further programme builds on the success of our experts’ years of experience in helping individuals to start their own business.  To design this new programme they’ve gone back to the drawing board, and carefully designed every aspect of the programme to provide the perfect support for anyone striving to start their own business. Our experts should know, they’re all still starting new businesses today!

It is this unique perspective that makes our programme different, our experts know what (and how) to teach business because they are using these tools everyday in their own businesses.

The Strive Further programme does just that, going further than Strive Intensive by offering extensive expert support over 11 weeks to help entrepreneurs to get to a launch stage.

Strive Further includes:

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Strive Training Sessions

Five days of fun and intensive training spread over five weeks, giving you time work on each stage of researching and starting your business as the training progresses. Every week our training, workshops, debates and exercises will be supported by a pack of ready to use materials, and business tools.  We’ll work alongside you as you strive to start your business.

One-to-one Advice Sessions

One-to-one advice sessions are a great way for Striving Start-ups to get dedicated advice from the experts and check they are on the right path to starting their own business.  We make sure that every striving entrepreneur can get this support early in the programme, so they can be sure they’re up to speed and focusing on the right things.

Strive Development Days

During these unique days we bring everyone on the programme together with two enterprise managers to work together on getting your business started.  Striving together you can progress your business planning, marketing and understanding, alongside a team of people facing similar challenges with the support from our experts.  Five Strive Development days over five weeks will allow you to catapult your business to launch.

Pitch, Present, Promote Day

An essential part of starting any business will be presenting your business to potential clients, investors, bank managers or funders.  In this exciting training day we help to ensure that the Start-Ups graduating from our programme are ready to impress when it counts.

Launch Presentations

Our Striving Start-Ups graduate by presenting their launch plans to a panel of business experts and senior managers.  It’s a thrilling day demonstrating the amazing potential of start-ups and the incredible progress the striving entrepreneurs have made during the programme.  Press coverage and financing is often incorporated into these days.

*Start-Up grants are awarded at Launch Presentations on some but not all programmes, to find out more please contact our team.

SOME OF STRIVE’S BUSINESS BASICS

During any Strive project you’ll learn far more than is listed here,
but we thought you might like to know that we can help with all these basics.

Being an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs come in every shape and size, so how do you know if you could be one? During several sessions we explore what makes a good entrepreneur and how to become one, while tackling common personal barriers to starting a business.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Why start a business?
  • Who can run a business?
  • Can you become that entrepreneur?
  • Setting your target, and striving for it.
Your Idea

Your idea is where it all starts. We’ll show you how to tell if you’ve got a good idea and how to turn that idea into a clear concept for a business, using unique selling points to make your idea stand out and be different from the competition.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • What’s your idea?
  • Assessing your business idea.
  • Unique Selling Points & why they matter.
  • Developing your idea.
Researching Your Business

It’s incredibly important to know what you need to know before starting a business. But what do you need to know exactly? Good, focussed research will give you the information you need to be able to make decisions about how your business will work. Our research tools will help you to focus on what’s important and find that information as quickly as possible.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • What do you need to know?
  • Target Research Tools.
  • Getting the information.
  • Keeping that information.
Customers

Once you’ve got your customers they are your most precious asset, so no business programme could be complete without looking carefully at how we can keep our customers and work with them.

COGS of Your Business

Providing a safe place for you, the public and your staff is very important. As are several other legal requirements you take on when you start a business. We explore these areas together, offering lots of useable information on what you need to do and where you can get support as your business grows.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Health & Safety
  • Record Keeping
  • Company Insurance
  • Governance
Registering a Business

Registering a Company

In order to register a company, you must first decide what type of company will make sense for your business. We’ll explain and discuss the differences between limited companies, sole-traders, freelancers, partnerships, charities and community interest companies.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Self Employment
  • Limited Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Charities & Community Interest Companies
  • Registering your company
Finding Money to Start

As you reach the point of having your business plan and understanding your cash flow, you are ready to look at how much you’ll need to spend to start your business. In this section of the programme we explore different places to get the finance to start your business and the advantages and disadvantages to each.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Grants
  • Highstreet Banks
  • Enterprise Loans
  • Working to Find Money
  • Factoring Contracts
Base Camp

Deciding where you will start your business from, what equipment you’ll need and how you’ll get to your customers is crucial. So we’ll guide you through essential business equipment and explore working from home, shared offices, business premises and retail/catering units. After this session you’ll be able to set up your own business base.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Workspace choices
    • Working from home
    • Virtual Offices
    • Shared Offices
    • Dedicated Offices
    • Industrial Units & Retail Spaces
  • Routes to Market
Sales

Our sales expert was responsible for sales which took his start-up from being a one-man band to a £2million turnover enterprise employing 120 staff. He’ll share how he did it and how you can do the same.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Finding Customers
  • Developing Sales Relationships
  • Telesales
  • Sales Meetings
Bookkeeping

As soon as your business has started to trade, you’ll need to keep a record of all the money going out and coming in, we’ll show you how easy this can be using our prepared templates and spreadsheets.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Expenditure Records
  • Sales Records
  • Cash Records
  • Working with an Accountant
Marketing

Our marketing expert has launched his own marketing agency and produced radio, TV and billboard campaigns. He’ll share the insights of his industry and how to run your own campaigns yourself.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Marketing Strategy with 5Ps
  • Creating a Professional Campaign
  • Low Cost Marketing
  • Gorilla Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
Art of Pricing

What will people pay for your product or service? It’s a difficult decision. To help you decide we explore many different approaches to setting a price and explain some universal rules of pricing which the experts use.

In this topic, we will cover:

  • Understanding Pricing
  • Is Pricing is Elastic?
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Setting a Price
Business Planning

At Enterprise CUBE we offer training to help people to know how to start and run a business. Knowing this, you’ll find that writing a business plan document is straight forward and easy, especially using our uniquely accessible Business Plan.

Cash Flow

Cash is one of the most important elements to a start up business, we’ll help you to predict when it’s going to come in and go out, so you can manage your company properly. Knowing this, is knowing your ‘cash flow’, and is the biggest difference between good and bad businesses.

& SOME OF STRIVE’S ENTERPRISING EXTRAS

During in our Strive Development days on Strive Further start-ups can pick and choose
from dozens of additional topics – practical subjects each useful to some businesses (but not all).

Gorilla Marketing

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Intellectual Property

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Low Cost Web Design

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Apps for Business

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Card & Till Systems

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Selling & Shipping

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DIY Designing

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Social Media How To's

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Fixing the Risks

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