Helping to grow our local entrepreneurs

Thursday 19th April 2012

A mini ‘MBA’ from the HHDBA. The HHDBA is launching a new initiative to help local businesses plan for growth. The Business Planning 4 Growth programme, which begins in April, aims to help members looking to set a path to growth but who don’t have the time or resources to develop a business plan on their own.
Chairman, Maureen Scholefield, says:  “The national agenda is about growth and this is one of HHDBA’s core objectives – to help our businesses and our young entrepreneurs to boost the local economy.  This programme gives them the tools to do the job.”
HHDBA member René Moolenaar, Managing Director of Prism Group, and also a Tutorial Fellow at the Business, Management and Economics School of the University of Sussex, will lead the programme.  René sets the scene: “Now, more than ever, business owners need to take the time to develop a comprehensive and realistic plan for growing their business. Based on proven industry models, the Business Panning 4 Growth programme covers the key aspects of writing a business plan for improving sales and profitability.”
The process is surprisingly straightforward and starts by establishing the current position of the business; deciding where it wants to be in say three years time and then developing the strategy to get there.  Then it’s about turning strategy into action and, of course, measuring progress.
Delegates attend four three-hour sessions over a period of four weeks, spending half the time on theory and best practice and then, in the second half, the participants will be developing a business plan for their own businesses.  The course will cost £495+VAT for an individual and £795+VAT for two representatives of a company. The first programme starts on Thursday 5th April, from 4.00 – 7.00 pm, continuing each Thursday until 26th April.
The HHDBA will be ‘sponsoring’ a candidate for each programme – an aspiring entrepreneur with a brilliant business idea but little experience.  The winner will be chosen by a panel of HHDBA members For further details about this course and the HHDBA, or to book your place, e-mail the HHDBA’s administrator, Sue Llewellyn at [email protected] .