Winchester businesses are going for growth!

Press Release: 07/04/2008

An opportunity to attend a FREE two-day seminar to help local businesses plan their future growth, was recently taken up by ten local businesses.

Winchester City Council and Business Link Hampshire and Isle of Wight invited businesses to a seminar looking at money management, employing staff, business planning and any other difficult issues expanding businesses need to overcome. 

These interactive workshops were arranged in recognition of the increasing number of start-up businesses in the area, and the council’s desire to help local enterprise flourish. Promoting economic prosperity across the district is one of the council’s key priorities in its corporate strategy.

The delegates were excited about what they had learned, and will be aiming to put ideas into practice straight away.  Anthony Manship, a dental prosthesis specialist in Owslebury was inspired by the trainers and the other delegates, He said, “I have picked up a lot of good ideas for expanding my business, and have had an insight into other people’s perceptions of what I do.  It has been a really useful event”.

Other delegates described the two day course as “reassuring”, “action-focussed” and “confidence building”.

The seminars were led by two trainers who have first hand experience of running and developing a business.  Toni Shawley of Lady in Red and Francis Vine of Howard Vine Ltd are both professional business advisors and trainers.  Delegates also had the opportunity to network with one another, and to meet Business Link advisors for one-to-one support.

The seminar took place over two days on 1st and 2nd of April at Marwell Hotel near Colden Common.

Businesses who are looking to take advantage of similar training opportunities should visit www.winchester.gov.uk/Businessevents where the latest events will be publicised.