A flexible FREE workshop programme as part of the support package offered

Subjects, dates and times

We run a series of workshops covering the topics below.

Our Autumn Bootcamp will run daily from Tuesday 13 September to Thursday 29 September. Sessions will run every day from 4 pm to 6 pm. In just five days we will share with you all the knowledge and skills to take your business idea to the next stage.

To take part please email your contact details and postcode to [email protected] putting Autumn Bootcamp in the subject line.

Derbyshire and Derby City residents can also request a discovery call and ongoing support through our Enterprise Advisers.

If you have any questions please call 01332 851289.

1. Taster session

This is an opportunity to see what the D2 Business Starter Programme is all about and how it can help you get your business idea off the ground.

2. Engagement session

A great opportunity to find out more about the programme and tell us more about you and your business ideas and plans, to ensure we tailor our delivery to meet your needs.

3. Business goals, vision and values

Start to look at what your business could be and what you want it to achieve, by assessing your skills, ambitions and goals. Think about what you need from your business and what you can offer people and start to design your brand. This session will give you the solid foundations for your business plans and the springboard to develop your business idea.

4. Business basics

Why should people buy from you as a new business? This is your first step towards developing your networking circle as we start to consider ways to boost your credibility. Learn about the different business models and legal structures to decide the best way to establish your business. You will gain an understanding of all your legal requirements and discover the support options available for your new venture.

5. Customers & competitors

We will look at who your customers are and how to find out about their needs. It’s time to consider who can help you find out more to design a business that can satisfy a demand. We will give you the tools to assess your marketplace, define your target market and learn what the competition looks like, to ensure your new business will flourish and thrive. Discover how to set yourself apart by understanding and defining your unique selling points.

6. Sales and marketing

Discover effective marketing techniques to identify your best customers, understand their needs and design your business around them. Consider how you will you attract and retain customers as well as how to create sales and marketing plans to provide ongoing support for your venture. We will look at how to engage with customers and start to make the valuable connections for a sustainable business.

7. Financial planning

Learn how to achieve financial stability through deciding how to fund your new business, from the start-up costs and business expenses. You will develop your personal survival budget to understand what your business needs to achieve and forecast your cash flow with basic accounting methods. We’ll show you how to keep effective records along with strategies for pricing, to put you on the path towards a profitable and successful business.

8. Laws & legislation

We will guide you through how to protect your intellectual property, along with all the laws and legislation you need to start a legal and compliant business. We will share information on the wealth of support available to navigate your business with ease and efficiency. You will review and plan to meet your business needs in areas including GDPR, health and safety and insurance.

9. Business planning

What has your market research told you so far to enable you to define your unique selling point and create the image of your business idea? Design what to build into your business plans to overcome the challenges ahead. We will share how to ensure you have a business plan to really showcase your ideas. Learn about National Insurance, tax and plan for when to register your business.

10. Enterprise graduation

Time to gather together your plans and start to finalise and plan your next steps. We offer you a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your progress through sharing and perfecting your business ideas in our Enterprise Presentations.  We will support you to develop innovative action plans detailing the next steps in your new business venture.

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01332 851289
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Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street
Derby DE1 3LD

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