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Newark and Sherwood District Council launches another round of support for businesses

Business owners can receive support and advice on how to grow their businesses in the latest round of support from a council.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s business support programme, delivered in partnership with The Consulting Room, has returned for a third time and will take place over 16 weeks.

The programme is aimed at business owners in their first five years of trading and will guide them through how to create a strategic plan for business growth.

Castle House, headquarters of Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Castle House, headquarters of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Eligible business owners who participate in the programme will receive 24 hours of direct support from two experienced business mentors, peer support from fellow entrepreneurs in group sessions and a network of like-minded business owners.

Additionally, they will have weekly actions to take away from sessions to move their business forward and one-to-one coaching focused directly on their business.

The eight group sessions will commence in March and are supplemented with eight one-hour one-to-one coaching sessions, taking business owners through a structured programme to create a strategic plan for business success.

Matthew Spoors, portfolio holder for sustainable economic development at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “I am really pleased we can deliver a third round of the business support programme with our partners The Consulting Room. Over 16 weeks, the programme will give business owners across the district practical advice, tips and tricks that they can utilise in their everyday operations to help them flourish and grow. With a range of topics that will be covered during the programme will give business owners a robust understanding of how they can make their ideas and plans into an actuality.

“If you are a business owner and in your first five years of trading, please consider applying to join the programme — places are limited, so book your space soon.”

12 places are available. To apply for a place, contact Michael Hardy on 07770 346384 or michael@the-consulting-room.co.uk by Friday, February 23.

Details of when and where the sessions will occur will be provided when a place is secured.

Key topics covered include finance and cash flow, building value, marketing, essential systems and IT, business networking, sales and understanding customers, creative thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Michael Hardy, The Consulting Room, said: “Newark and Sherwood District Council have been proactive in supporting local businesses for many years and early stage or start-ups over the last four years. We are delighted that we can work with the economic growth team on this latest project and believe it will bring employment opportunities and value to the district’s community.”

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