Business Start Up Programme


This free business support programme offers practical business start up skills and advice to residents of West Norfolk considering becoming self-employed or setting up their own business.  It is jointly funded by Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council and is being delivered by business start up support specialists, TCHC.


The programme will help anyone with a business idea make it a reality.  Specifically targeted at budding entrepreneurs from West Norfolk, it includes informative workshops covering all the points that people need to know when starting their own business as well as providing the opportunity to discuss their ideas and questions with an experienced business adviser.


Workshop programme


Starting a business – Is it for me? Business Awareness Events


The half day Business Awareness Events will give participants a practical insight into what it’s like and what it takes to become self-employed or start a small business.

By the end of the event, participants will have the information required to decide if self-employment or running a business would be a viable option for them, together with giving them the confidence to explore it in greater detail. 


Those interested in becoming self employed will be referred to the most appropriate provision including further support through the West Norfolk Business Start up support programme.


Self Employment – Building your Business Idea Workshops


The full day Business Skills workshops that will give participants a comprehensive overview of the key business disciplines needed to research a business idea, assess its viability and start building the concept into a sustainable business.  


The workshops will aim to help participants to decide what they want from their business, give them the skills and knowledge to carry out initial market research and to start the process of planning their business idea.


By the end of the workshop, participants will have clarified whether their business idea is potentially viable and the skills necessary to start their market research and financial planning.


Planning your Business Workshops


The full day Planning your Business workshops will clarify the process of developing a business plan. It will focus on the purpose, contents and the customers of the business plan and include topics on understanding and explaining your market, resources and funding, cash flow and profit & loss forecasting, sales and marketing and the people involved in the business.


By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills and knowledge together with usable templates to develop a robust business plan suitable for raising finance and for managing their business.


Business viability consultations


The programme provide 1:1 consultation sessions with an experienced business counsellor to help participants assess the viability of their business idea, identify the next steps to take and provide a pathway to ongoing support that is available. 


By the end of the consultation, participants will have the information to decide whether to go ahead and start a business, information on sources of external help and support, together with the confidence to bring their business ideas to fruition.


Business mentoring


Through the programme TCHC will offer on-going business mentoring for people who have recently become self-employed or started a business aimed at supporting and guiding participants by providing constructive feedback, being a sounding board for ideas and offer signposting and referral to complimentary sources of business help and support.


Schedule of workshops

Starting a business - it it for me?

15/09/2014 9.00am - 1pm King’s Lynn
09/10/2014 4.00pm - 7.30pm Downham Market
03/11/2014 9.00am - 1pm King's Lynn
05/11/2014       9.00am - 1pm                                               Marham                           
Building your business idea
29/09/2014 9.00am - 5pm King’s Lynn
17/11/2014 9.00am - 5pm King's Lynn


Planning your business
20/10/2014 9.00am - 5pm King’s Lynn
06/12/2014      9.00am - 5pm                                               King’s Lynn                    
1:1 sessions
Ongoing Typically 30-60 mins per session                      Phone/Skype or face to face


Business Mentoring
Ongoing Typically 60 - 90 mins per session King’s Lynn


To book a place on a workshop or a Business viability consultation, please call TCHC on 01923 698 474r email


Last updated: 04 September 2014
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