Thinking about setting up your own business and looking for some help? Already started a business and looking for support in the next steps? The Club is a great opportunity to informally network with like minded people and to receive some expert advice and support through carefully selected workshop sessions.


Last Friday of every month between 1-3 pm

The meetings are an informal session for like-minded people to get together and receive some expert advice and support - each meeting will have a current theme and an expert to share their knowledge and experience.

Theme Details Date Location
Pitching your Business How can you make your pitch better?
Why not come along to meet and hear from Adam Barrass of the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator programme and take the fear out of pitching & help you come up with a winning pitch. Join other NBSL providers and members of The Club to create extra ordinary connections and build a stronger network of support. You will develop your skills and meet a host of likeminded business people at our next The Club meeting!
Friday 30th November 1-3pm 1 Trinity Gardens,


Find out what you can learn

Ensure your business is GDPR ready with this workshop designed to provide delegates with practical tools and information to apply in the workplace. It aims to dispel the myths and provide a straightforward guide to set you on the right path to becoming GDPR compliant.

Gain an understanding of the Digital Marketing World and how to apply this to your business. This interactive workshop will provide delegates with an overview of digital marketing channels that will work for business and practical tips, tools and techniques to make a successful start.

In the Managing Money and Making a Profit workshop we look at what it takes to ensure that your products are priced appropriately so that you sell in sufficient volume and that you trade profitably. The workshop will cover -

  • The costs of starting/running a business
  • Determining your own personal financial position
  • How to finance your start-up costs
  • How to project your sales forecast
  • Review different bookkeeping systems
  • Understand Profit & Loss Accounts
  • Understand Balance Sheets
  • How to calculate gross profit margins
  • How to calculate your own breakeven point
  • Preparing a cashflow forecast
  • Understanding Tax, National Insurance & VAT
  • What records you need to maintain
  • How to get paid and having suitable terms of trade

In the Finding & Keeping Customers workshop we explore how to position your business so that it creates a great first impression with customers and what you need to do keep them buying from you time & time again and recommending you to others. The workshop will cover

  • Identifying your target market & creating a customer profile.
  • How to undertake effective market research.
  • Who are your competitors?
  • The marketing mix.
  • Winning sales and the sales process.
  • Branding, advertising & promotion.
  • Choosing the right business name.
  • Creating a Marketing Plan.
  • Social networking & Internet marketing.
  • Customer care

Dates and locations

Date Session (09:30 - 14:30) Location
Tuesday 27th November Managing Money and Making a Profit NBSL Ashington
Tuesday 4th December Finding & Keeping Customers NBSL Ashington
Tuesday 11th December Managing Money and Making a Profit NBSL Ashington
Tuesday 8th January Finding & Keeping Customers NBSL Ashington
Tuesday 15th January Managing Money and Making a Profit NBSL Ashington
Tuesday 22nd January Business Planning - A guide to a winning business plan NBSL Ashington

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