When the going gets tough, you need help
TOUGH trading times are a new challenge for many small business owners in Ashford, whose only experience has been of an expanding economy, according to Business Link in Kent.
Adviser manager Richard Green said: “We have been enjoying a growing economy since the mid-1990s, which means many people will not have had to guide their business through an economic downturn before.
“When times are tough, the sad reality is that businesses do fail – especially those that do not seek outside advice at an early stage.”
For the self-employed and small businesses employing two or less full-time employees, help is available at a half-day workshop at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, on Monday, November 10.
Developed by leading small business adviser and bestselling author Bob Gorton, the workshop is entitled Boost Your Sales and Profits and Attract More Customers.
Martin Kingston, of Ashfordbased IT specialists Kingsbridge Consultancy, recently took part in the workshop.
He said: “It forced me to confront the underlying obstacles to the growth of the business and come up with practical steps to address them.”
In addition to being able to source advice and help from Business Link, the workshop will identify key profit drivers, write an action plan and identify three key goals for a business.
Places are available for morning and afternoon workshops. � To book or for further information on any of the support and guidance available from Business Link contact the customer service team on 0845 600 9 006.