Course aims to help small busi­nesses to grow

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

A COURSE tai­lored to the needs of busi­nesses in east Kent is be­ing launched by Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity.

Healthy Busi­ness, Grow­ing Busi­ness, will be held in its Hall Place En­ter­prise Cen­tre, Har­ble­down, from March 19.

Ninety five per cent of busi­nesses in the county are small to medium sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) and the pro­gramme aims to help them get fit for the fu­ture.

Put to­gether by cen­tre staff and Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil’s lo­cal econ­omy team, the course is aimed at busi­nesses with at least five em­ploy­ees and a lot of growth po­ten­tial.

The pro­gramme con­sists of six evening work­shops, each fea­tur­ing a lo­cal key­note speaker with a strong busi­ness back­ground.

‘Real is­sues’

The work­shops will cover top­ics such as fi­nance, cus­tomers, or­gan­i­sa­tion, the work­place, work­force and the fu­ture.

Bob Jones, the univer­sity’s di­rec­tor of Knowl­edge Trans­fer, said: “The pro­gramme is de­signed to ad­dress the real is­sues busi­nesses face with­out try­ing to sec­ond guess ei­ther an in­di­vid­ual busi­ness’s prob­lem, or in­deed, the so­lu­tion to it.

“In part­ner­ship with the wide ar­ray of or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in east Kent, we want to help busi­nesses iden­tify their prob­lems, po­ten­tial so­lu­tions and where best to find them. Part­ner­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions has been an ex­cel­lent process and I know that busi­nesses will get a great deal from at­tend­ing all six ses­sions’”

Dawn Hudd, the city coun­cil’s lo­cal econ­omy man­ager, said: “Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil is de­lighted to sup­port this in­no­va­tive approach to busi­ness in the dis­trict. We are com­mit­ted to help­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses grow and over­come any ob­sta­cles that are in their way. The Healthy Busi­ness, Grow­ing Busi­ness pro­gramme is a key de­vel­op­ment in this com­mit­ment.”

The pro­gramme starts at 5.45pm on Mon­day, March 19, at Hall Place En­ter­prise Cen­tre. Sub­se­quent ses­sions are on the third Mon­day evening of each month un­til Septem­ber.

Six ses­sions

Each ses­sion costs £25, in­clud­ing evening buf­fet (£20 to mem­bers of cham­bers of com­merce, the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses and Hall Place En­ter­prise Cen­tre’s own Small Busi­ness Fo­rum. The cost for all six ses­sions is £135 (£108).

For more in­for­ma­tion email hallplace@can­ter­ .uk­call 01227 782196 or visit www.can­ter­

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