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

If you are a new start up business and would like to apply for a funded place 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 5BT

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.

 
 
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