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How do I apply for a place in the Made in Bury Business Academy?

We launch the Academy in April 2016 with the first intake of 20 new start up businesses. If you are a new start up business and would like to apply for a funded place for 2017 please complete the contact form with your details and we will be in touch.

Is this just for Bury businesses?

Yes, the Made in Bury Business Academy is sponsored by both Bury Council and thebestofbury to support new start up businesses in the borough of Bury. 

Where do you meet?

The home of the Business Academy is Europa House, Business Lodge, Barcroft Street, Bury, BL9 5LY.

Is there a cost?

The programme is funded however there is a small members contribution of just £25 per month to cover refreshments.

How often do you meet?

We meet twice a month, except August and December, when we meet just the once!

April 14th
April 28th
May 5th
May 19th
June 9th
June 23rd
July 7th
July 21st
August 3rd
September 8th
September 22nd
October 6th
October 20th
November 10th
November 24th
December 8th
January 12th
January 26th
February 9th
February 23rd
March 9th
March 23rd
What topics are covered during the 12 month course?

1. Who’s who:

·         Getting to know each other

·         Why you started/looking to start your own business

·         The Challenges

2. Knowing your numbers:

·         Where are you now

·         Where do you want to be

·         What will it take to get you there

·         What’s the gap

·         Progress tracker


3. Time management

·         90 Minutes


4. Market, Message, Media:

·         Who, How, Where

·         Understanding your customer avatar

·         Understanding their need

·         How to craft your message

·         The different Marketing Pillars


5. Networking:

·         Your elevator pitch

·         Your 60 seconds

·         Asking the right questions

·         Different groups, generic, specialist etc


6. Building a Brand:

·         What is a brand

·         Why is a brand so important

·         The benefits of a brand v’s a business

·         Vision

·         Mission


7. Branding:

·         Logo

·         Colour

·         Strapline


8. Price/Positioning

·         Different pricing strategies


9. Selling Skills:

·         Researching prospects

·         Planning meetings

·         Presentation Skills

·         Objection Handling

·         The Follow up.

·         Sales statistics


10. PR

·         What is PR

·         Your PR message

11. Legal / T&C’s:

·         Structure

·         Contracts

·         Shareholder agreements

·         Credit control

·         Employment Law

12. Personal Development/Self-Motivation

·         Personal Analysis

·         Setting Goals

·         Personal Objectives

13. Digital Marketing:

·         Website design, usability and visual appeal.

·         e marketing

·         SEO

·         Database, CRM


14. Social Media:

·         Facebook

·         Twitter

·         LinkedIn

·         Instagram


15. Financial / P+L

·         Sole trader, Partnership, Limited Company

·         Break-even point

·         Margins, sales, profit

·         Cash flow

·         Forecasting

·         Calculating Tax

·         Sources of Finance


16. Customer Excellence:

·         The customer is always right

·         Striving for perfection.


17. Culture:

·         Golden Rules

·         CSR


18. Your Business Plan:

·         Vision, Mission, Values, Culture

·         Your business model

·         Your market

·         Your competition

·         Marketing plan

·         P&L Forecast

·         Risks

·         Exit strategy