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Hounslow Business Programme: Innovate & Grow

May 4th – June 30th 2021

What Is It

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Specialist Hounslow Support 

Inclusive Accelerator Programmes Designed To Help You Grow 

Choose which programme is most suited to you and sign up. It couldn’t be easier.

What Do I Get?

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In-Depth Tools & Advice

A blended approach of eLearning & live support allowing you to scale

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence. Continue to grow you and your business. 

Who Is Eligible?

Hounslow Community

All in Hounlsow

We have something for everyone. Covering all industries, business sizes. We are open to all regardless of your circumstances.  It’s all FREE.

Why You Should Sign Up

These programmes are designed to ensure your business gets the support you need to kickstart your business recovery, re-imagine your business and successfully emerge and grow from COVID-19.

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Choose Your Programme

Please Note: Each Programme Requires A Seperate Sign Up

Micro & SME Business Support Programme

General business support hounslow

Re-energise Your Business And Accelerate Your Results  

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Open to all businesses of all sizes

Online Growth Plan

Your journey starts by taking an online health check. On completion, our platform will automatically generate a personalised growth action plan for your business. Your plan will provide you with training, tips, cheat sheets and it will allow you to successfully take action in your business. 

Live workshops & Events

Join us for live workshops on the most pressing business topics and take the opportunity to attend our networking sessions where you can meet with other business owners just like you.

Personal 121 Consultancy Sessions

Apply to work with one of our consultants who will work with you on your businesses challenges. This is an opportunity to plan, organise and implement in your business ensuring you grow at a rate that suits you. 

 eLibrary Access

Gain 24/7 access to our extensive eLibrary proving you with the up to date skills you need as an SME business owner across strategy, planning, sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR and much more. 

We add to our eLibrary regularly so you are always up to date.

Hospitality & Leisure Support Programme 

Hounslow hospitality

Open Safely, Attract Customers, & Create A Plan For Growth

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Specialised Support tailored just for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality.

Online Growth Plan

Your journey starts by taking an online health check. On completion, our platform will automatically generate a personalised growth action plan for your business. Your plan will provide you with training, tips, cheat sheets and it will allow you to successfully take action in your business. 

Attend our specialist retail web summit (May 13th).

A special 2 hour event packed with retail and hospitality experts. We have indepth mini sessions and a large Q&A so you get the answers you need for your business.

Digital Marketing Mini-Series

Specialist digital marketing mini-series for retail, hospitality and leisure.

Modules covered are:

  • Websites that work
  • Google my business & Local SEO
  • Best online platforms available
  • Social media how to craft a content strategy that attracts the right audience
  • Create your brand story
  • How to build an effective social media marketing campaign and utilise the power of local
  • Creating compelling offers, joint venture and strategic partnerships with local high street businesses

Personal 121 Consultancy Sessions

Apply to work with one of our consultants who will work with you on your businesses challenges. This is an opportunity to plan, organise and implement in your business ensuring you grow at a rate that suits you. 

eLibrary Access

Gain 24/7 access to our extensive eLibrary proving you with the up to date skills you need as an SME business owner across strategy, planning, sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR and much more. 

We add to our eLibrary regularly so you are always up to date.

45 Day How To Start A Business Programme 

How To Start A Business Webinar

 Start Up Accelerator Specifically Designed For Residents Of Hounslow

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Specialised Programme Specifically for BAME and disadvantaged Hounslow residents.

This how to start a business programme is a 45 day programme that teaches people how to start a business from scratch.

It also provides the support needed to implement every step along the way and is delivered live and via pre-existing modules.

It’s a blended learning approach using video, audio, transcripts and cheat sheets to cater for everyone’s learning style.

People don’t need to have any academic, technical skills or previous business experience to get started.

The programme is laid out in an easy- to-follow format and all people need to do is follow it step by step and can access it through any device and at a time that suits.

What is it?

  • 45 day online training programme
  • 70+ videos and cheat sheets
  • 16+ bonus modules
  • Peer to peer mentoring
  • Weekly Q & A with business experts
  • Live training sessions
  • Business mentoring

Content we cover extensively in modules

  • Module 1 – Choosing My Business Idea
  • Module 2 – Turning My Idea Into A Business
  • Module 3 – Developing A Growth Mindset
  • Module 4 – Pricing For Profitability
  • Module 5 – Picking Your Company Structure
  • Module 6 – Protecting Your IP
  • Module 7 – How to Package Your Offer
  • Module 8 – Creating A Customer Value Ladder
  • Module 9 – Creating Killer Sales Copy
  • Module 10 – Sales & Marketing Strategies
  • Module 11 – Creating A Website That Converts
  • Module 12 – Creating A Consistent Flow Of Customers
  • Module 13 – Cashflow & Funding
  • Module 14 – Growth Planning For Success

Living A Life Without Limits Four Week Programme 

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Overcome Life’s Challenges & Gain Tools, Move Forward With Purpose 

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Open to anyone struggling who needs to re-energise and regain calmness in their lives.

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Living A Life Without Limits programme will provide intensive support to 12+ self-employed and business owners. This programme helps people to understand anxiety & depression and gives them the tools they need to create a healthier, happier lifestyle.

The programme is laid out in an easy- to-follow format. Due to the sensitive nature, events will be live and not recorded.

What is it?

  • 4 week training programme
  • Weekly 3 hour workshops
  • Workbook to complete
  • Peer to peer support
  • Access to 121 support to discuss sensitive issues that cannot be shared in a group setting

What is Anxiety?

 

Neuroscience – The chemical process, Neurons and Neurotransmitters.
The Physical Responses

Triggers, Fight Flight or Freeze.

Panic Attacks; The Panic Vicious Cycle.

The Causes of Anxiety

 

Childhood Trauma, Media/Social Media on mental health.

Stress; The Stress Bucket, The Stress Vulnerability Model, Stress at work (Time management creating a diary, decluttering, time for you).

Habits

 

The power of habit.

What habits addiction do you have?

Depression Genetic and Environmental Vulnerabilities, and the importance of protective factors (what are your protective factors?)
Rewiring the Brain

Neuroplasticity, the ability for neurons to change.

Creating new, positive neural pathways.

Section 2

Managing Your Mood

Medication v Supplements

Exercise management

Meditation & Mindfulness & breathing techniques

Nutrition The 3 day food challenge, mood boosting food, your immune system and food & the cooking challenge.

Therapies

 

The power of listening, simple exercise and the power of play and finding joy.
Setting Goals & Challenges Your why, getting unstuck, setting goals and outcomes, measuring success, your vision board and Re-programming your Reticular Activating System (RAS).
Life is about Balance

The importance of not trying to change too much.

Putting away the Baseball bat of self-blame; being kind to yourself and non-judgemental (easier said than done!)

Make Peace With Money Four Week Programme 

Money Peace - Hounslow

Create A Tangible Plan Of Action To Improve Your Financial Health

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Open to any business owner who is facing money challenges and wants to find peace with their finances.

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This programme helps people to transform habits and mindset around money and create a practical plan to implement. What makes this programme unique is that, as well as dealing with the practical side of money management, it also focuses on how people relate to money on a mental and emotional level (your relationship with money).

The programme allows you to explore your relationship with money; in particular money beliefs and any money blocks.  Once you have clarity around this, we give you tools and strategies that will transform the way you act, talk and think about money, both in your personal and business life. Finance is not the most glamorous side of life, and there can be a lot of fears, uncertainties and past money traumas that can impact people and affect their future.

The programme is laid out in an easy- to-follow format. Due to the sensitive nature, events will be live and not recorded.

What is it?

  • 4 week training programme
  • Weekly 3 hour workshops
  • Workbook to complete
  • Peer to peer support
  • Access to weekly Q & A with financial experts
  • Access to 121 support to discuss sensitive issues that cannot be shared in a group setting

What you will cover:

Clarity:

  • Clarity on the broader picture of where you are at financially
  • Look at current position and create a plan of action
  • Look at your relationship with money and benefits
  • Uncovering your emotions, feelings and judgements around money

Controls:

  • Taking practical action & helping to deal with fear and anxiety as we examine the hard numbers.
  • Gaining a real picture of monthly incomings and outgoings.
  • Learning some basic accounting definitions.
  • Managing costs; identifying how to change
  • Dealing with cost decisions; the ‘do I’ or don’t I’ of spending money.

Healing:

  • Healing your relationship with money and uncovering your money traumas
  • Uncovering and reframing your money beliefs, understanding where and who they originated from
  • Dealing with suppressed emotions & clearing the negative emotions
  • The power of forgiveness & examining your childhood experiences and their effects to let go of the past.

Tools:

Healing tools and practices, including:

  • Tapping (EFT); reducing negative emotion to create new, positive beliefs
  • Visualisations; including guided meditations and vision boarding.
  • reprogram the Reticular Activating System of the brain which is responsible for filtering what we do/don’t want to see.
  • Affirmations; helping to reinforce new, positive beliefs in the brain.

Hounslow Business Webinar Programme

Hounslow webinar programme

Gain Clarity On finances And International Trade For Scaling 

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Join us for a series of 5 x 60-minute webinars with expert speakers coming from our local business community. 

Session 1:

Mediation & Arbitration – 13 May 10.00 am

  1. Understand the difference between Mediation and Arbitration
  2. With the backlog in the Courts, Mediation could be a good solution.
  3. Save time, cost effective in proportion to the issue
  4. Allows you to move ahead with your business
  5. Draws closure to time consuming issues

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Session 2:

Landlord negotiation – How to Negotiate Your Rent – 27 May 10.00 am

Learn tips for getting the most out of your negotiations. Understand your rights so you are calm and assertive.

Learn how to

  1. Ask the landlord if rent price is open to discussion
  2. Highlight your strengths as a tenant
  3. Inquire about extending the lease
  4. Offer to end the lease in the summer
  5. Research the property’s value
  6. Be open to compromise
  7. Negotiate directly, following up in writing
  8. Have a backup plan

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Session 3:

Digitalisation of your business/trading on-line – June 3rd

Learn about your

  1. Website options
  2. Accepting payment options
  3. Social media advertising
  4. Social media promotion tools
  5. despatching on line sales
  6. E-Commerce market place options; Amazon / Ebay / NewEgg understand the options

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Session 4:

Options facing liquidation or insolvency – 10 June 10.00 am

Explaining Liquidation: this is the process of selling a business’s assets to produce enough cash to pay back creditors. It ends in the business closing. If a company is not able to make ends meet, liquidation is one option to pay creditors and close the business. It should noted that liquidation is just one business exit strategy option

Explaining Insolvency:  when a company is unable to pay its debts or when it has more liabilities than assets on its balance sheet, this being legally referred to as “technical insolvency”. Liquidation is a legal ending of a limited company.

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Session 5:

Import/export – 16 June 10.00 am

    1. Understand e-commerce exporting.
    2. Grow from sales to EU / USA into ROW markets
    3. Understand market selection
    4. First visit to the country options
    5. Market entry – agent / dealer / direct sales
    6. Payment options
    7. International finance options

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    Hounslow Digital Wellbeing Programme 

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    Learn How to Use Digital To Expand And Develop Your business 

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    The lockdown, caused by Covid-19, has meant that many companies have been looking at increasing their on-line / digital model and so work from home. We will put together a 4-week programme, made up of weekly webinars, via Zoom, for 30 businesses, covering the following:

     19 May, 3.00 pm:

    Physical digital wellbeing: ensuring that working from home is as regulated as it is in the office.  Employees, especially those in the younger age bracket, living in rented accommodation do not have sufficient internal space or access to outdoor space.   There are stories of people working from laptops on ironing boards.  Correct seating, adequate work surface, keyboard technique, posture, position of screen, use of support devices, software setting, non-reflective screens, the environment eg lighting and heating levels, importance of regular breaks, setting a routine.  When working from home it can be easy to blur the lines between work and home life.

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    25 May, 3.00 pm  Health & Mental Wellbeing – keeping communication channels open.

    Learn about: setting regular times to meet with the team, either via Zoom or Teams, or even the telephone for one to ones.  Share screen is an invaluable tool for working on joint documents.

    Assessing the team’s mental health.  Having worked from home for over the past 12 months, re-entry into the office world could cause problems for some.  Humans are adaptable, but we must not underestimate the effect that the pandemic has had on us.   Existing problems have only been exacerbated, especially for younger people, who have not been able to socialise for over a year.

     When offices begin to re-open, asses to see if hybrid working is possible.  Listen to the concerns of employees but encourage them to return in part.  Much peer group learning is lost.

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    A welcome back package.

    2 June 3.00 pm:

    Leadership – Analysing and delivering support at every level of operation. Looking at how to evolve a business in this digital world we will focus on improving leadership to a model delivering the right behaviours.

    • The letter ’I’ is not in the word ‘team’
    • Ownership of responsibilities
    • Work as a team to accomplish goals
    • Set up a timeline to achieve these goals
    • and most importantly
    • How to change your daily and weekly activity to achieve the above

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     9 June, 10.00 am – Hybrid working model – Home and Office

    Case study presentations from a large PLC and a micro SME to contrast the issues, looking at best practice to best understand and implement a hybrid model of home / office working.  It is the younger people who are missing out from the working experience, learning from their office peers, networking and socialising.

    Points to be covered:

    • Working from home has the greatest adverse effects on younger members of staff
    • WFH attendant costs
    • More face-to-face interaction is needed
    • Listening and learning from the communal working environment
    • ‘Water station’ inspirational chats
    • File storage on the cloud enables access, either from the office or home
    • Improved security, both physical and cyber
    • What lessons have PLCs learnt
    • What best practice can they pass on to Micro SMEs

    Unwind on Fridays via a virtual social review.

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    Hounslow Youth Enterprise Programme 

    Youth programme

    16-24yr? Get A Taste Of Running Your Own Business!

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    Have you seen business start-ups on the TV and fancy doing it yourself. Get a taste of starting up a business and some real life mentoring from someone that has already done it. Learn about selling to customers, creating a logo and lots of tips & tricks to becoming successful. If you are between 16-24yr then join us on this completely free programme to help you start your own business.

    Mentoring for Growth

    If you are a business owner that wants to set yourself up for growth over the next 1-2 years then you need Mentoring for Growth. You will receive expert coaching from a mentor who will hep you to develop a sales plan with easy steps to build your business. Each business receives up to 4 hours of coaching and a completed sales plan document. The programme is completely free to all Hounslow businesses.

    Smarter Society

    We are one of the UKs leading start-up and SME coaching and support providers having supported more than 2000 start-ups and SMEs to grow and develop new products and services. We deliver exciting and pragmatic support and coaching delivered by entrepreneurs who have been through the journey of start-up and can talk from the horses mouth.

    Making Hounslow Logistic Providers Greener

    Hounslow greener

    Win New Business By Going Green With Your Logistics Business

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    The key to winning new business for logistics businesses is to become greener. Our programme will provide training and mentoring to look at the options available for Hounslow based logistics businesses to become greener and more competitive.

    The session and mentoring will evaluate technology solutions, routing options and vehicle choice to give business owners the best chance of winning new business in a environment where customers value the green option.

    Mentoring For Growth For Hounslow Businesses

    Mentor For Growth

    Want to Set Yourself Up For Growth Over The Next 1-2 Years

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    If you are a business owner that wants to set yourself up for growth over the next 1-2 years then you need Mentoring for Growth.

    You will receive expert coaching from a mentor who will hep you to develop a sales plan with easy steps to build your business.

    Each business receives up to 4 hours of coaching and a completed sales plan document. The programme is completely free to all Hounslow businesses.

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    FAQ’s

    What is this programme?

    This is a 2 month multiple business support programme sponsored Hounslow Council.

    There are programmes for:

    • General Business
    • Retail, leisure & hospitality
    • Money Management
    • Personal development
    • How to start a business
    • Youth business enterprise
    • Digital wellbeing
    • SME webinar series
    • Winning larger bids through procurement

    All you have to do is pick the programme that suits you best.

    Who can apply?

    This programme is open to all residents and businesses from Hounslow council.

    You must act quickly as these programmes will only run for 2 months.

    When is the programme happening?

    The programme starts in May 2021 and runs until the end of June 2021.

    Places are limited so you must apply now.

    Can I still join if the programme has already started?

    Yes, you can join all the way up to the end of june. While, this is a short 2 month programme of support, we are recording the majority of events/webinars so you can always catch up on the platform later.

    What does it cost?

    This is a free programme to those who are accepted onto each programme. Essentially, Hounslow Council will be paying on your behalf.

    How do I apply?

    All you have to do is click the apply now button on this page for the programme you want to join and then complete the sign up form.

    Some of the programmes are only open to small numbers and in some cases you must come from a certain industry or demographic. Please see each programme for details of any limitations.

    What happens when I apply?

    Depending on the programme you might be accepted immediately (as long as you are living in Hounslow). That being the case you will be notified by email of your successful sign up.

    If your programme includes MyGrowthPod platform access you will also receive an email with your username and password.

    If you are part of a limited space programme your application will be manually reviewed by our team and you will be informed of the next steps by email within 7 days.

    What if I don't have an existing business?

    It is not necessary to have an existing business in Hounslow, however you will need to be a resident of Hounslow.

    Programme Sponsors

    This programme is proudly sponsored by Hounslow Council. The programme is powered by CPG Executive Consulting (My Growth Pod), Hounslow Chamber and Smarter Society.

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