Stafford Business Hub

The University of Wolverhampton in Stafford are working with Stafford Borough Council to deliver free support for businesses within the Borough.

The University of Wolverhampton in Stafford has been working with Stafford Borough Council to create a business support programme for businesses within Stafford Borough.  This support is ideal for small and medium sized enterprises who are finding the way forward difficult or who have just started their business.

The Stafford Business Hub programme focuses on providing support to business start-ups, re-launches or upscales through a structured and dedicated service based in the Stafford Borough.

The full programme is based on attendance at four key phases and the business must be based within Stafford Borough.

The training is all free and is worth over £500 per business in terms of support and delivery.

Phase 1 is open to anyone who has an interest in developing or upscaling a business, and the course is designed so that you do not have to be the owner of the business. If you are responsible for growth or business development within an existing organisation then that is fine. The business will need to be located with the Stafford Borough Council Area.

Phase 2 - In order to apply for this phase you must have attended phase 1 of the Staffordshire Business Hub programme. Alternatively there is a possibility that you could join at phase 2 but this will be at the discretion of the University.

What is this stage about?

Phase 1 of the Staffordshire Business Hub programme will deliver initially the basic business skills focusing on starting up or growing a business.  

Who can apply?

Phase 1 is open to anyone who has an interest in developing or upscaling a business, and the course is designed so that you do not have to be the owner of the business. If you are responsible for growth or business development within an existing organisation then that is fine. The business will need to be located with the Stafford Borough Council Area.

What will we cover?

Understanding the basic principles of running a small business.

Opportunities and pitfalls

Skills and qualifications

Business Planning

Basic Marketing techniques

Legalities

Legal status

What Next??

 

Building your Business Training- Phase 2

What is this stage about?

The second phase of the programme will move onto a more intensive programme based over 2 days that would cover the more in-depth skills and knowledge needed around start-ups and upscaling.

Who can apply?

In order to apply for this phase you must have attended phase 1 of the Staffordshire Business Hub programme. Alternatively there is a possibility that you could join at phase 2 but this will be at the Universities discretion.

What will we cover?

Day 1:

Planning your business

  • Business plan the key elements
  • Timelines
  • SWOT analysis
  • Practical guidance and examples
  • Business basic finance
    • Start-up costs
    • Breakeven
    • Cash flow forecasting
    • Basic bookkeeping

 

Day 2:

Marketing your business.

  • Marketing Introducing the principles behind a good marketing strategy
  • Know your brand
  • Understand your customer
  • Social media and the benefits and pitfalls in business.
  • Networking and business pitching

 

Follow on Support

Individual one to one support to support with business planning and growth

Book your place on our next training here

For further information or to check your business is suitable for FREE support email uwis.enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

Support for business

As well as providing local people with access to education, the University of Wolverhampton in Stafford is helping businesses too – we offer business-focused short courses and professional qualifications as well as targeted support for local employers.

We can signpost you to more in-depth support through the University of Wolverhampton’s extensive range of business services including Apprenticeships, student placements and consultancy programmes and to the Staffordshire Business Hub

Are you looking for a venue to hold business planning days, staff training or recruitment interviews? To find out more about our room hire options, please email us at: UWiS.enquiries@wlv.ac.uk 

 

If you are interested in starting your own business but would like some support, either drop in to our centre (details on where to find us here) or check our Tasters and Events for the next free Staffordshire Business Hub event.

Address: University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, 2a Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP (Directions). - Tel: 01902321228 - Email: uwis.enquiries@wlv.ac.uk 

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