Coventry & Warwickshire New and Prestart Business Event

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Friday, 14 September, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:00

Coventry & Warwickshire New and Prestart Business Event


Coventry University Enterprises Business Solutions


Ramada Hotel & Suites
The Butts, Earlsdon, Coventry CV1 3GG
United Kingdom

We have pulled together an exciting day for you. Regardless of whether you are exploring starting your own business or just started in your chosen sector, you’ll find the support that will add value to your knowledge and skills-set. Just select your prefered session in the morning and afternoon when you book a ticket. First come, first served!

Morning Sessions 10.00-12.15:

Start Your Own Business

  • If you aren’t’ sure that starting your own business is for you, you can’t do better than join us for this session. W We look at personal budgeting – how much do you need to earn from your business to survive. Then we look at what you want to achieve from your business – practical exercises will help you visualise this. A key step – we’ll look at what skills you have and those you need – and how you can bridge these gaps. We also take a quick look at how you register your business and the basics for business planning.

Ask the Accountant

  • Discuss the practicalities of how and when to set up and register or set up a business.
  • Unpick the basics of employment when and how to do it – and the salary and tax implications depending on whether you are a sole trader or limited company
  • Do you know what costs can be claimed against your profit?
  • What common insurances should you have?

And so much more. Don’t be shy – this session is about answering the questions you’d ask your accountant if you had one.

Pricing for Success

  • Do you know what options you have when you are considering pricing – and what the implications for your choice might be? Or perhaps you want to know how to develop an effective launch strategy? You want to encourage take-up whilst managing different pricing strategies

Networking Lunch

Afternoon Sessions 13.45-16.00

  • Niche Marketing: Is this for you? Ruling a very specific market, by talking your customer’s language and delivering exactly what they want. A highly targeted approach with fast results.
  • Pitching: If you can’t clearly explain your business to your audience, and your audiences will vary, then you will struggle to network or sell your product or service. This can be difficult for technology-based businesses who are facing a non-technical audience. How will we help you build your confidence and improve your delivery, by:
    • Understanding the different types of pitching, a written pitch, a sales pitch and a pitch for investment
    • Exploring the elements of a successful pitch
    • What to say (and what not to say)
    • The key elements to get across in your pitch
    • How to pitch, confidently, one-to-one or one-to-many
    • Tips and techniques to keep your audience interested
    • How to prepare, and use, brief notes

Meet the Business Advisor

  • These mentoring sessions will provide a structured roadmap to assist in progressing your business ideas to the next level.

Please note - the workshop is interactive and you will need to participate in exercises to get the most out of the session.

Meet the presenters:

  • Blue Sky Corporate Finance – Paul Heaven – Ask the Accountant. Tba
  • CUE Business Solutions - Paul Bennett – Mentoring sessions. Paul previously operated in the financial sector for eight years. In this time he has mentored and grown a variety of businesses, so really understands how to develop successful business ideas.
  • Incrementa – Stuart Hartley – Start Your Own Business & Pitching. Stuart has been supporting start-ups for the last 15 years. In total, he has helped over 2500 people with various aspects of starting a business including pitching.
  • Mischievous Marketing – Hannah Price - Pricing for Success & Niche Marketing. Hannah is a professional marketer working with small innovative businesses to get results. She takes a practical approach so you can adapt your approach to suit your market and grow your customer base.


To benefit from this free event you must meet the eligibility criteria. Our business adviser contacts each potential delegate to establish eligibility for the programme and to ensure this event offers you the best fit for your needs.

Prestart: have an innovative technology-based business idea and live in Coventry or Warwickshire.

Early stage business: have an innovative technology-based business, registered your business less than 12 months ago and be trading from an address in Coventry or Warwickshire.

CUE Business Solutions is offering this fantastic opportunity for prestart and early-stage businesses through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, the event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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CUE Business Solutions is a division within Coventry University Enterprises Limited and part of the Coventry University Group.

DATA PROTECTION: This session is provided free to you if you meet the eligibility criteria. We will use the information you supply: A) to provide business support to you and make referrals to partners and other providers of relevant services as appropriate; B) to share with Coventry City Council / Warwickshire County Council (as Accountable Bodies for the programme) and MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) (or their sub-contractors) for monitoring evaluation and audit purposes. We will keep all information you provide confidentially and treat it in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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