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Start Smart – Growing Your Small Business In Stockport Day 1 and 2

Date: 21st - 24th February 2020
Location: Cheadle Library, 23 Ashfield Road, Cheadle SK8 1BB
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Theme: Start a business, Business Strategy, Operational efficiency

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Have you recently started your business and want to consolidate and explore moving to the next level? This Start Smart workshop will help you gain insight into the basics all businesses should have in place, as well as hints, tips and ideas of how to move your business forward. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from other new business owners including challenges and strategies they have used to overcome these.

This two-day event will cover:

Business Basics:

  • What is in your business name and brand?
  • Legal & Regulatory requirements
  • Insurance, the considerations

Market Research and Marketing:

  • Market research - assess threats and opportunities for your business
  • Profiling your customers and its importance
  • Search Engine recommendations and Social Media

Costs, Finance Sources, Tax and VAT:

  • Business costs and employing staff
  • Premises/Business location
  • Sources of Finance and Tax - doing the right thing with HMRC

Cash Flow, Costs, Breakeven and Pricing:

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Financial Terms, what does it all mean
  • Costs, breakeven and Pricing

This workshop is delivered by Start Smart Advisors, both of whom have a wealth of experience supporting individuals to start and grow businesses:

Simon Dickinson

Simon has worked for GC Business Growth Hub for over 5 years and has a further 6 years’ experience of working for Business Link and a Chamber of Commerce as well in addition to working in market research.  Having been self-employed himself,  he understands the landscape for micro businesses and the importance  of accessing the right type of support.  Simon works closely alongside Stockport and Manchester City Councils to offer business advice in a range of areas to early stage business with the aspirations to grow and thrive.


This workshop consists of four modules over a two-day session. To register for the full two-day programme, please use the registration form on this page. To attend individual modules, please register using the links below:

Market Research and Marketing

Costs, Finance Sources, Tax and VAT

Cash Flow, Costs, Breakeven and Pricing


Please note this workshop is subject to change.

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