Turn over an entrepreneurial new leaf

If your resolution for the New Year is to turn your great business idea into a 2014 success story, Business Gateway Ayrshire is able to help.

Traditionally, figures show that the first few months of the year prove to be the most popular time for people to set up their new business, as more people consider making changes to their lifestyle, including starting up on their own at the beginning of a new year.

Therefore, budding entrepreneurs throughout Ayrshire are being given an extra boost, with the launch of a series of free workshops designed to add benefit to businesses at no extra cost.

Covering a range of topics, the programme of events aims to arm potential, new and existing business owners, with the skills and knowledge to develop their venture and make it a success.

Running through January, the new year workshops includes:

Business Start-Up Awareness – Tuesday, 14th January from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m at East Ayrshire Council office, Mill Bank, 14 Lugar Street, Cumnock – This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to network with other business owners and will also highlight useful sources of information, advice and guidance.

Business Start-Up Marketing – Tuesday, 21st January from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m at East Ayrshire Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock -This workshop will look at the role of marketing in your business, identifying your target customers, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors and market research.

Business Start-Up Finance – Monday, 27th January from 2 p.m to 4.30 p.m at Greenwood Conference Centre, Greenwood Gate, Dreghorn – This seminar will look at how to manage a profit and loss account, how to produce a cashflow statement, the different sources of finance and the different legal structures of a business.

Iain Robertson of Business Gateway, Ayrshire said: “The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on your life and make any changes you think will enhance it. Starting a new business and becoming your own boss is something many people want to do, but find it daunting or feel it’s too complicated. At Business Gateway we are here to help make setting up and running your business a whole lot simpler.

“The interests of the local business community are at the heart of what we do, and our support and advice focuses on the real issues faced by business owners and aims to help them grow and prosper.”

In addition to the workshops, Business Gateway offers a programme of additional support that can help you get your venture moving, including an online resource through the website www.bgateway.com and potentially one to one advice from a network of experienced advisers. Business owners can also download the easy to use ‘MyBusiness’ app for support and advice on the go.

To book your place at one of the above workshops and find out how Business Gateway can help you visit www.bgateway.com/ayrshire or call 01292 430 535.