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8th October 2019
Get Ready for Brexit                  Park Inn by Radisson, Silver Street, Northampton NN1 2TA              8.30am to 1pm                              

The Government is accelerating Brexit preparations so that it is ready to leave the EU on 31 October.

This is one of a series of Department for International Trade events to help you prepare for Brexit.

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9th October 2019                Webinar: Webinar CET Legislation                          10.30am to 12.30pm   

To help businesses understand how they need to prepare, officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), HM Treasury, and HM Revenue & Customs are hosting a WebEx seminar concerning carbon pricing policy in the event of no deal. 

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9th October 2019              Webinar: Introduction to Copyright for Business             11am to 12pm                  

Almost every organisation has intellectual property of some sort – this series of webinars helps businesses to understand and protect it.

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10th October 2019             Webinar: Introduction to patents searching                   11am to 12pm                  

This webinar will explain the basics behind patent protection and registration, and how to use internet databases and resources to search for patents.
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10th October 2019            Become Your Own Boss – An Introduction to Starting your own Business                        9.30am to 1pm                  Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

For many, owning their own business and being their own boss is just a dream. Making the decision to become self-employed isn’t an easy one and one that we often scare ourselves out of making.

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11th October 2019
Business Start Up Day   Northampton Central Library      9.30am to 4pm                              

In collaboration with Santander logo Join us for a packed programme of free talks and mentoring sessions designed to get your business idea off to a flying start! Learn how to stand out from the crowd, raise finance, write a business plan and much more.

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14th October 2019          Webinar: Introduction to Registered Design Searching  11am to 12pm                              

Almost every organisation has intellectual property of some sort – this webinar, as part of a series of intellectual property webinars, helps businesses to understand and protect it.
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16th October 2019            Webinars: Developing Trading Activities                              12.30pm to 1.30pm

How will you develop your trading activities and sell your goods or services to more customers?

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17th October 2019
Market Research Resources for your New Business                10am to 11am                    Wellingborough Library

A free workshop exploring online subscription resources Cobra, Mint UK and Passport for help with researching your business idea and market.
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21st October 2019              Webinar – Research for New Businesses                                12pm to 1pm                              

You’ve had an idea to start a business. Now what?  Turning these ideas into a successful business means you need the knowledge to make this a reality. You might want to know about market conditions, legal issues or how customers are likely to respond to your product or service when it is launched. Or maybe you’re just not sure where to start..
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23rd October 2019              Webinar – Introduction to Lean Start-up                                       12pm to 1pm                              

Lean Start-Up helps entrepreneurs reduce the cost of developing new products and services by ensuring that they do not waste time and money designing features that customers do not want. It emphasises the importance of getting customer feedback from the earliest stage of the development process. 
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23rd October 2019
HMRC Webinar Making Tax Digital                                          2pm to 3pm                              

This webinar will outline the rationale and requirements of Making Tax Digital for VAT. VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 will be required to collate and submit their VAT returns under Making Tax Digital rules from April 2019.
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24th October 2019
Business Plan Masterclass  Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton  9.30am to 1pm                              

Your business plan is a mission statement that sets out your vision, structure, methods, and helps you plan for the future; your business plan is a ‘living document’, meaning it should be periodically revised and updated as your company grows and changes.

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24th October 2019
Using Facebook and Twitter for Business: The Basics    Wellingborough Library              10am to 12pm                              

This workshop offers an introduction to Facebook and Twitter for business. It’s ideal if you are new to using social media for business.

This session will offer practical steps on: setting up a facebook business page, writing effective engaging posts, getting started on Twitter, and more.

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30th October 2019                  Webinar: Growing & Maintaining a Profitable Enterprise                                12.30pm 1.30pm                              

Looking to grow your enterprise? This webinar will cover: • Profit • How to develop your strategy for growth • The way to cost and price your products  or services • Why you should segment your clients and use dynamic pricing • Do’s and Don’ts

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7th November 2019
Marketing Masterclass                  9.30am to 1pm                            Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Understanding the key aspects of marketing when you are starting a business is no longer optional, it’s essential. Not only does marketing build brand awareness but it can also increase sales, grows the business and increases customer engagement.

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8th November 2019
HMRC Webinar Making Tax Digital                                             12pm to 1pm                              

This webinar will outline the rationale and requirements of Making Tax Digital for VAT. VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 will be required to collate and submit their VAT returns under Making Tax Digital rules from April 2019.
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13th November 2019
Why Should i Blog?                     10am to 11.30am             

Do you blog? Why would you blog? Who reads them anyway?  As a business owner you have enough to do, will blogging actually help your business grow? We’ll talk about the benefits blogging can have for your business, and tips to make it easier for you to get your blog started.

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13th November 2019    Webinar: Introduction to Social Enterprise            12.30pm to 1.30pm

This webinar will introduce you to the concept of social enterprise. It provides background information and examines the main challenges that any entrepreneur or charity needs to consider when starting a social enterprise.
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14th November 2019
SEO Seminar                                 9am to 1.30pm                              Verto, Kettering

SEO can be daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with it. Growing your online presence is vital to be a successful business in today’s digital world.  Suitable for complete beginners as well as those looking for some advanced techniques.
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14th November 2019            Business Basics Workshop              10am to 12pm                                   Kettering Library

For anyone thinking about starting a business, this workshop provides an opportunity to explore the basic principles and procedures required to establish a successful business.
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18th November 2019
HMRC Webinar Making Tax Digital                                             2pm to 3pm                              

This webinar will outline the rationale and requirements of Making Tax Digital for VAT. VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 will be required to collate and submit their VAT returns under Making Tax Digital rules from April 2019.
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20th November 2019            Business Basics Workshop     10m to 12pm                                  Northampton Central Library

For anyone thinking about starting a business, this workshop provides an opportunity to explore the basic principles and procedures required to establish a successful business.
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21st November 2019
Becoming Finance Ready Masterclass                              9.30am to 1pm                          Franklin Gardens, Northampton   

No matter how great a business is, it’s not going to get anywhere without one very important thing; money. 

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21st November 2019
Market Research Resources for your New Business                  10am to 11am                        Kettering Library       

A free workshop exploring online subscription resources Cobra, Mint UK and Passport for help with researching your business idea and market.
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27th November 2019              Webinar: Creating Awareness – Marketing                                12.30pm to 1.30pm    

This webinar will show you how to increase the effectiveness of your marketing.

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28th November 2019
Business Planning                   10am to 12pm                    Northampton Library

Your business plan is your uniique road map to starting and developing your business; its also an essential tool if you’re looking for financial investment.

This workshop will give an overview of the templates, resources and tools available to help develop a business plan.

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28th November 2019                Using Facebook & Twitter for Business Start Ups:The Basics      10am to 12pm                                  Kettering Library

This workshop offers an introduction to Facebook and Twitter for business. It’s ideal if you are new to using social media for business.  This session will offer practical steps on: setting up a facebook business page, writing effective engaging posts, getting started on Twitter, and more.

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4th December 2019              Webinar: Becoming Investment Ready                                          12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar will show you how to ensure that you are ready to seek investment.  You will learn about: • CDFIs and ‘Lenders of Last Resort’ • The emergence of the Social Investment Market • What you need to do to be successful in obtaining investment