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Online events for Leicester businesses

The following events have been collated from our Partners and other Leicester businesses hosting online events. This page is updated every two weeks, make sure you are checking regularly for the latest events. If you would like your event included in this list, please email hello@associate-events.com.

Monday 7th September

Self Employed – Restarting your small business – safely!

10:00 - 11:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Join this webinar to hear from an expert safety management consultant and local small business owner who has successfully returned to work after Covid-19. You will hear about the processes and recommendations when returning to work, both within residential and business properties, following lockdown.

Apply this learning and feedback to your small business when it comes to restarting. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and attending business advisers.

If you are a sole trader or small business already operating or about to re-open, this webinar is for you. Be Covid safe, protect yourself, your customers and inspire customer confidence.

Book your ticket here

Boosting emotional resilience

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

This webinar will provide you with tools and techniques that are highly effective and enable you to transform stress and build resilience in a sustainable manner with lasting benefits to your work and your health. Stress is a very individual experience and we all deal with stress differently. The problem arises when stress prevents you from thinking straight, performing effectively which negatively impacts upon your personal effectiveness and productivity.

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Tuesday 8th August

RESTART Programme – Planning for business recovery: 1-to-1 support

10:00 - 11:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Specialist 1:1 business recovery advice, ‘blue sky’ thinking, and planning from a seasoned growth professional. Over the course of 2 deep-dive sessions, Maria Peggs will be working with you to:

 

address the impact of COVID-19 on your business

ensure that you are accessing all available Government and non-Government support

unlock the potential for rapid business recovery, and importantly identify the knowledge, capacity and funding requirements to achieve this

bring a level of objectivity and insight to challenge your thinking and add robustness to your strategy and plan

introduce some ‘blue sky’ thinking and spot pivot and diversification opportunities

deliver as output, a pragmatic, detailed and achievable Business Recovery Plan to inform and guide your business decision making and activity over the coming 18 months and beyond.

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International trade - Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

10:00 - 11:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Introduction to the requirements of achieving AEO 'Trusted Trader' status and its benefits

AEO status is an Internationally recognised quality mark indicating that your role as a business in the international supply chain is secure, and that your customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

 

It isn’t mandatory, but it gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ your shipments through some customs and safety and security procedures. You can apply for AEO status for customs simplification only, known as AEO-C or for AEO-S which covers the security and safety aspect of trade or you can apply for both.

Book your ticket here.

Getting started with Social Media Marketing tools

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

Sometimes you need things that will make it all more efficient. Using social media is a great way to market your business, engage with your audience and drive people towards sales. But one of the greatest challenges is managing the setup, posting schedule, creating the content and understanding the results.

 

In this webinar, we’ll cover a multitude of tools that can be used to make your use of social media more efficient, more effective and help you understand what’s working.

Book your tickets here

Branding: making the world a better place

10:00 - 12:00

ScaleUp 360

The morning starts by looking at what we understand by branding, carefully distinguishing it from visual identity. We then turn to the Wild West (!) to understand why branding matters, how it works, and the different components.

 

Key concepts are touchpoints and the customer journey, so we explore what these mean and then consider how to map these for your own business.

 

Some of us have more than one brand, of course, so we need to think about how these relate to each other and the pros and cons of linking them.

 

Much of the morning is then spent discussing how to build, or improve, your own brand. A good place to start is with the work of Simon Sinek and identifying your ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘why’. We then engage in a deep dive, using a model that is proven to help growing firms revisit their brand.

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D2 Business Starter - Customers & Competitors

10:0 - 14:00

East Midlands Chamber 

We will look at who your customers are and how to find out about their needs. It’s time to consider who can help you find out more to design a business that can satisfy a demand. We will give you the tools to assess your marketplace, define your target market and learn what the competition looks like, to ensure your new business will flourish and thrive. Discover how to set yourself apart by understanding and defining your unique selling points.

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How to Craft and Execute a Successful Social Media Campaign

14:00 - 15:15

FSB

Social media is undoubtedly the most powerful way to reach your audience. Whether that’s to communicate your new ways of working, share news, launch and sell products and services or simply build engagement, it’s your go-to method to build a brand. But doing piecemeal posts will only get you so far. Well planned and carefully crafted campaigns can help you deliver and measure against your goals. But how?

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 Improving Website Performance Using Google Analytics

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber 

Google Analytics provides an almost overwhelming amount of data about how your website is used, but the critical question many people struggle with is “how do I use it to identify improvements I could make?” This webinar walks you through a range of questions that Google Analytics can answer to improve your website and digital marketing.

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 Manufacturing and Engineering Forum - Brewing and Distilling

16:00 - 17:30

East Midlands Chamber

The Manufacturing and Engineering Forum provides a platform to address specific issues relating to the sector, allowing the sharing of best practice, to hear from exemplar organisations and to participate in relevant discussion topics.

This event is delivered in partnership with Chamber Patron, the University of Nottingham, who will provide an informative session on the range of support provided for those businesses who brew or distill as part of their manufacturing  process, it will also be of interest to those subsidiary support businesses and suppliers.

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Wednesday 9th September

Getting Started with Social Media Marketing Tools

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Sometimes you need things that will make it all more efficient. Using social media is a great way to market your business, engage with your audience and drive people towards sales. But one of the greatest challenges is managing the setup, posting schedule, creating the content and understanding the results.

 

In this webinar, we’ll cover a multitude of tools that can be used to make your use of social media more efficient, more effective and help you understand what’s working.

Book your ticket here

 How to use the Business Model Canvas

10:00 - 12:00

LLEP Business Gateway

Whether you are starting a business from scratch or growing an existing business you are juggling a complex range of ideas, resources, activities and options as you construct your plans. The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is one of these tools; perhaps the most powerful and most accessible. It can help you ensure that your product or service fits with what customers value and need, before significant investment of your hard-earned cash and resources.

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 Getting your business financially ready for investment - Virtual Q&A

10:00 - 11:00

First Enterprise

Getting your business financially ready for investment, including:

  • What we look for in a business plan

  • How businesses can prepare from day one

  • How this has changed in the past few months

  • We’ll then be taking questions from attendees, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask any burning questions you may have for us.

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 Getting started with Microsoft 365 including SharePoint and Teams

14:00 - 16:00

East Midlands Chamber 

Are you familiar with all the Microsoft 365 apps? This webinar will give you an introduction to the Office 365 products covering some of the basics including a look at Sharepoint and Teams, and information on licenses to help your business get the most out of your package.

 

This webinar will cover:

Suitable Microsoft 365 licenses

  • An introduction to Microsoft 365, Business Standard & Business Basics, MS Teams, SharePoint

  • SharePoint: your company Intranet, web pages, news sites, team sites

  • Document Management in SharePoint. Version Control, Filters, and an insight into the security of Sites, Document and List Libraries

Book your ticket here

Online Quiz - The Weakest Link

15:30 - 16:30

East Midlands Chamber

This fun and relaxed online networking event provides the ideal opportunity for SME business owners, sole traders and business professionals to meet and connect with like minded people, whilst testing your general knowledge skills.

 

You will get the chance to virtually meet a diverse group, from a variety of sectors in a relaxed setting. During these times of isolation, it is increasingly important to keep communicating and build solid working relationships with your fellow business community.

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Thursday 10th August

Getting started with managing small scale redundancies

10:00 - 12:00

LLEP Business Gateway

Managing redundancies can be a challenge for the most seasoned manager, and fraught with high emotion and employment law pitfalls. Coupled with ensuring employees are treated with dignity during a difficult period. And the most difficult of changes are handled in a sensitive and empathetic manner. Managing small-scale redundancies focuses on businesses typically any redundancies would be less than 20 at one location. The webinar also provides useful templates to utilise back in the business.

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Getting started with CRM

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

How to choose the right system for your business to strengthen customer relationships and grow sales. Join our 90-minute webinar on how to get started with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and revolutionise your sales, account management and customer service functions.

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Enhancing Leadership Capability - Authentic Leadership

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Many traditional theories suggest that there is a right and wrong way to lead and inspire others, yet there has never been a definitive list. Being moulded into a persona that doesn’t come naturally can lead to an uncomfortable and unsustainable situation for a manager, confusion for staff members, fractured work relationships or mistrust.

 

Authentic Leadership explores the concept of acknowledging your own traits, and personality, and working with this to find your own self-styled leadership characteristics which suit you and your work environment.

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Webinar: Introduction to NHS Market Access

10:30 - 11:30

Medilink & East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Join our two-part CPD accredited virtual workshop, Introduction to NHS Market Access, delivered by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN).

 

Combined, the two sessions will give innovators key insights into the complexities of the NHS and wider healthcare ecosystem as well as the support available to help you to introduce your health technology product or service into the NHS.

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Getting started with Instagram shopping

14:00 - 15:00

East Midlands Chamber

More and more Instagram users are choosing to search and explore products to purchase via the platform. The Instagram shopping experience is straightforward to set up and can improve the number of purchases made from you.

 

In this webinar, you’ll see the potential in Instagram shopping, how to set it up, and how to create content that links to your product.

Book your ticket here.

Thinking ahead financially

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

It may seem difficult to plan for the future during these stressful times.  In this webinar, we will encourage business owners to focus on the silver lining and begin to think about what their business would look like in the ‘new normal’.  Through a series of strategic and financial planning tools, business owners will be able to add shape and financial expression to their aspirations, which will help businesses be ‘game ready’.

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Bank of England Forum (10 September)

14:00 - 15:00

East Midlands Chamber

The Bank seeks to assess the mood concerning recruitment and investment intentions, and attendees are encouraged to draw attention towards any day-to-day issues affecting their current operating conditions. This meeting will of course have a focus on the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

This is an opportunity to share your observations and concerns, as the Bank evaluates incoming business feedback before reporting to its Monetary Policy Committee for future reports, which sets the interest-rates rates affecting us all. 

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How to Submit a Successful Grant Application

15:30 - 16:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Writing a grant application can be a lengthy process. It’s time-consuming, demands a lot of effort and creativity and, for someone who may not have the relevant experience, it can be daunting and any shortcomings in the production of the application can lead to what would have been a viable project being declined, not getting the funding it deserved.

This highly informative webinar will help:

  • Provide a systematic and structured approach to identify and apply for relevant grant funding needed for your business

  • Make your grant application stand out from the rest

  • Increase the chances of a successful funding application

Book your ticket here

Introduction to The Big House Accelerator

10:00

Nottingham Trent University

The Big House Accelerator programme is open to talented, passionate founders and entrepreneurs from the digital and technology sectors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to fast-track their ideas and businesses. Hear from our Accelerator facilitator/Entrepreneur in Residence Adrian Rowland about what the programme entails, how it could support you and how to get involved.

 

Delivered by industry experts, and anchored by our Accelerator facilitator, you'll receive high-value, high-quality learning, mentoring and support, bespoke for your needs. As part of an exclusive, carefully selected group of digital CEOs, The Big House Accelerator will support you to fast-track your business, open doors and prepare for your big conversations and opportunities.

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Friday 11th September

 How to Stay on Track with the Sales Process

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

How to Stay on Track with the Sales Process: Maintain structure and avoid veering off course while your team is remote working.

Create a toolkit to keep pipeline visibility high and positive momentum in your sales process with a remote sales team. Utilise technology to automate routine tasks, capture insights into hot prospects, and improve the management of your remote sales team to achieve results in a high-performance department.

 

Buyers have more information at their fingertips than ever before and sales professionals are changing the way they sell to offer value at every step of the process. This webinar covers the whole sales process, from prospecting to closing, providing guidance on the latest technology and processes to help optimise every stage.

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Maximising on-page optimisation and SEO copywriting

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

This webinar will explain how to write in a way that is optimised for the way search engines process language, from including keywords in critical parts of the page to the style and formatting of your writing. It will also explain how to create and add structured data mark up to your pages to increase the chance of generating rich snippets and help search engines understand more about your website and business.

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Fit4HS2(Leicestershire): HS2 Supply Chain Readiness - Supply Chain Opportunities

10:00 - 11:00

East Midlands Chamber, LLEP Business Gateway & Leicestershire County Council

This event is open to all businesses looking for business development opportunities, available as part of the HS2 supply chain. It will provide practical information on what is required of businesses to access the wide-ranging procurement opportunities that HS2 will bring to the East Midlands.

The session is brought to you in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub.

Book your ticket here

Monday 14th September

Getting started with strategy - lean or traditional

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

This interactive webinar will explore two clear approaches that businesses can consider around strategy and planning and provide insights into how to apply them. The classic way of starting or growing a business involves writing a business plan. That may still be appropriate and has significant benefits for leaders and managers as they go through the planning process.

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How to Proactively Sell Your Product / Service

14:00 - 15:15

FSB

There’s no doubt we need to find, chase and close business leads in a different and far more active way. The long road to recovery has started but you’ve got to make sure you’re still in business to enjoy the rewards when we come out the other side. This session will help you do that.

 

Of course, finding business and new clients is (for most), more important than it has ever been and at the same time, even tougher. Are you struggling to find new clients? Are you (or are you thinking about) reducing your fees to get business? Are more customers ‘ghosting’ you? Are you finding it harder than ever to ‘close’ sales? If you are open to the idea of adapting how you do what you do, and embracing the effort that comes in doing so, (there is no silver bullet), help is at hand.

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How To Have Greater Impact Using Social Media

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Most businesses understand the potential power of social media to create awareness of their products and services. But social media is a noisy place. How do you ensure that your message is seen and paid attention to? How do you stop people from simply scrolling past?

 

In this webinar, we will look at different strategies to get noticed, and the best functions within the platforms that will contribute to generating leads and sales for your business.

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Tuesday 15th September

Innovation sprints: How to grow and deliver powerful innovation projects

10:00 - 11:30

LLEP Business Gateway

This webinar will introduce the Innovation Sprint process as a method that you can embed in your business to deliver successful innovation projects. The exploration of the innovation sprint process will focus on how to grow the initial ideas to make them bigger and better, how to form energised and multi-disciplined project groups to champion and drive the innovation forward, and how to gain the backing, resources and funding required to deliver the project and turn your ideas into a commercial reality.

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D2 Business Starter - Sales & Marketing

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

Discover effective marketing techniques to identify your best customers, understand their needs and design your business around them. Consider how you will you attract and retain customers as well as how to create sales and marketing plans to provide ongoing support for your venture. We will look at how to engage with customers and start to make the valuable connections for a sustainable business.

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Getting Started with SEO for Local Businesses

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

This webinar will cover aspects of local SEO, from Google My Business listing optimisation, getting local citations and encouraging customer reviews to essential website features for local optimisation. You will learn how Google My Business and Bing Places work, why your business name, address & telephone number appearing in directories is so important and how to deal with negative reviews.

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How to guide to No-Code Systems

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber 

It’s now possible to build an entire online product without writing a single line of code. The no-code movement is gathering pace and this webinar will show you how your business idea could be the next.

 

Choosing and connecting a set of pre-built services together to create a new digital product or service is a great way to launch a business or side project. With literally thousands of services available the possibilities are endless, and all without needing to be a technical whizz-kid.

 

This webinar will show case studies of some of the most successful no-code products. Attendees will then be taken on a journey from planning a system, through to selecting the right tools and finally a live demonstration of a full system being built in real-time.

Book your ticket here.

 

Rutland Virtual Networking

12:00 - 13:00

FSB

We're back with our free to attend virtual networking morning for businesses in and around Rutland. This is your opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs, self-employed people and small business owners, to continue to network, collaborate and support each other.

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Getting Customers Back – night time hospitality sector

13:00 - 14:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Join this webinar to hear from social media experts, Get Savvy Club, who will be providing lots of advice on how to effectively attract more customers through the doors of your business using Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Our experts will be joined by businesses in the hospitality sector who have successfully used social media, whilst reopening following Covid-19. They will share innovative ideas that they implemented to get customers visiting their stores using social media marketing.

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Getting started with SEO for Local Businesses

14:00 - 16:00

East Midlands Chamber

This webinar will cover aspects of local SEO, from Google My Business listing optimisation, getting local citations and encouraging customer reviews to essential website features for local optimisation. You will learn how Google My Business and Bing Places work, why your business name, address & telephone number appearing in directories is so important and how to deal with negative reviews. Who should attend: Anyone responsible for search engine optimisation or who wants their business to rank higher in Google.

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Keeping it Together When You’re Working Apart

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Keeping it Together When You’re Working Apart: Understanding the principles of successfully managing a virtual team.

Please note, this webinar was previously called 'Managing a Virtual Team'.

 

Building a successful team can be challenging and difficult because it brings together a diverse group of people who have a variety of past work experiences, goals, opinions, values, upbringings, prior team experiences and skills. Now add in the fact that so many of us are working remotely, how can we foster team engagement with a virtual team?

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She Means Business - Learn how to create Facebook ads

15:30 - 16:30

D2N2 Growth Hub, Facebook, NatWest & Enterprise Nation

The event brings together a collection of inspiring, insightful, and real stories from women who mean business, following what's been a challenging time for all, including those in business.

 

After the main event on the She Means Business Facebook page from 12pm - 2pm, we are delighted to host a dedicated training session on the D2N2 Growth Hub Facebook page with #SheMeansBusiness accredited trainer and social media expert, Lauren Ahluwalia.

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IoD East Midlands - CONNECT with... Natalie Gasson

16:00 - 17:00

IoD

Join us for a Q&A with new IoD Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire chair Natalie Gasson.

 

This webinar is the perfect opportunity to expand your network of connections in a relaxed online round table discussion with your branch chair and local directors.

 

The session will be hosted by IoD East Midlands regional chair Gary Headland.

Book your ticket here

Wednesday 16th September 

Getting started with Search and Display Advertising

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

Understanding the fundamentals of paid search engine marketing is critical to the success of your online marketing campaigns. How to research your audience, how to structure your account and how to measure your success.

 

This webinar will take you through the basics of biddable search and display marketing covering account structure, search & display networks, different types of Ads, ad extensions and bidding strategies.

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Getting Started with Microsoft 365: Including SharePoint and Teams

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

This webinar will give you an introduction to Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, products, with information on licenses that could be suitable for an SME and small teams.

 

What the webinar will cover:

  • Suitable Microsoft 365 licenses

  • An introduction to Microsoft 365, Business Standard & Business Basics, MS TEAMS, SharePoint

  • SharePoint: your company Intranet, web pages, news sites, team sites.

  • Document Management in SharePoint. Version Control, Filters, and an insight into security of Sites, Document and List Libraries.

Book your ticket here

Customs Declaration

10:00 - 12:30

East Midlands Chamber

Are you a customs agent? Or does your company use customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU?

If so, you need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU. There will be new processes to follow and new forms to complete.

 

This workshop will cover:

  • What is a customs declaration

  • Why it’s needed

  • Penalties for getting it wrong

  • Common Problems with declarations

  • Q&A - throughout the webinar and a 20 mins slot at the end

Book your ticket here

How to Submit a Successful Grant Application

12:00 - 13:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Writing a grant application can be a lengthy process. It’s time-consuming, demands a lot of effort and creativity and, for someone who may not have the relevant experience, it can be daunting and any shortcomings in the production of the application can lead to what would have been a viable project being declined, not getting the funding it deserved.

This highly informative webinar will help:

  • Provide a systematic and structured approach to identify and apply for relevant grant funding needed for your business

  • Make your grant application stand out from the rest

  • Increase the chances of a successful funding application

Book your ticket here

Digital UpScaler & UpScaler Awareness Session

13:00 - 14:30

UpScaler Projects

The D2N2 UpScaler project delivered in partnership with Nottingham Business School is open to a limited number of high-growth enterprises that are growing rapidly or planning to do so. Businesses that are scaling up; have the potential to scale-up; or are ambitious to grow will be considered for the programme. Likewise, the Digital UpScaler project is designed for high growth businesses that want to scale through the adoption of new technologies.

 

Benefits of joining both projects include access to a customised range of proven business support workshops, peer-to-peer events and a management development programme, enhanced by a grant scheme to subsidise the cost of additional support. The Digital UpScaler project also includes a dedicated technology forum.

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New Talent for a New Era

14:00

University of Derby

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our ‘normal’ ways of living and working, we need to be more creative and innovative than ever. To do this, you might need to bring some fresh thinking and new skills into your business.

 

We have a large talent pool of students and graduates that you can tap into and crucially, we also have funding to help pay for them.

 

From short-term, ad hoc projects such as virtual events or desk-based research, to longer-term research partnerships that focus on increasing productivity or improving management practices - our students and graduates can help with a range of projects.

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Getting started with financial business resilience

14:00 - 16:00

LLEP Business Gateway

COVID-19 has shaken our economy to the core and exposed vulnerabilities which meant many businesses have struggled to survive.  While no one could have predicted the current situation, there are ways to strengthen the business to prepare for the unexpected – be it a customer leaving and unable to pay, a product recall, supplier increasing prices or supply shortage, demand falling away or changing, staff leaving unexpectedly, and many other situations which cause financial strain on businesses.

 

In this webinar, we will explore ways to build your company’s financial strength and resilience – its ability to respond and survive in the face of the unexpected.

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Elevating your business profile on Facebook

14:00 - 15:00

East Midlands Chamber

Do you currently use Facebook to help promote your business or organisation? If so, you’ll need to start optimising it, so your fans have all the information they need to do business with you.

 

Organic reach for Facebook business pages stands at around 1-6%. It’s harder than ever to get your content seen. But people do look at Facebook pages and, particularly if your audience is on Facebook, an optimised Facebook page will help your content perform better and provide them with all the information they need about you.

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Thursday 17th September

Chesterfield Virtual Networking

10:00 - 11:00

FSB

Join us for Chesterfield Virtual Networking to help us keep connecting, collaborating and supporting each other at a time when change is on our doorstep. All small business owners, entrepreneurs and self-employed people are welcome so why not invite a friend or colleague?

 

For the time-being, we've moved our monthly Chesterfield Networking from the University of Derby's St Helena campus to online. We'll be hosted by FSB member, Nigel Hudson, founder of Stratagia and joined by Lynn Collins of Spencers Solicitors.

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Finding Sales Leads for Food and Drink Products

10:00 - 11:00

LLEP Business Gateway

Sales Leads – where and how to get them, what to do with them once you’ve got them and how long it takes to convert them. Leisa from the Food and Drink Forum will systematically take producers through the cycle of finding leads, converting leads into sales and show you how to keep these conversions.

This webinar will teach you tips and tricks for identifying leads, following through and starting a relationship that is lasting and fruitful for sales.

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How to have greater impact using Social Media

10:00 - 12:00

East Midlands Chamber

Learn how to get the most from social media by understanding what’s working now and strategies that will result in greater web traffic, leads and sales.

 

Most businesses understand the potential power of social media to create awareness of their products and services. But Social media is a noisy place. How do you ensure that your message is seen and paid attention to? How do you stop people from simply scrolling past? In this webinar, we will look at different strategies to get noticed, and the best functions within the platforms that will contribute to generating leads and sales for your business.

Book your ticket here

The Power of Nudge: Improve Leadership Influence with Staff, Clients & Partners

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

At times of rapid change and when supply chains and margins are being challenged, the ability to influence others towards preferred decisions is critical.

 

The changing landscape has meant there is more emphasis than ever on developing lasting relationships built on trust and mutual benefit, whilst also acknowledging the wider aspects of social value and environmental responsibility. Decisions for some may not always be easy, and their initial choice not in line with your own. Imagine then if you could present the choices to them in such a way that they shared your view and came round to your way of thinking merely by the way you presented the ideas to them, or gave a different choice or perspective?

 

Nudge (based on the work by Dr Richard Thaler) creates a methodology to enable the design of choices for others in such a way to influence the decisions they make and their reactions to them. Rather than telling, effective influencers “nudge” others in the right direction through how they present different choices. The techniques helps to bring about positive outcomes by minimising the resistance and confrontation associated with telling, by helping groups and individuals to willingly make the “right” choice.

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IoD East Midlands - Regional CONNECT lunch (Regional Networking Lunch)

12:00 - 13:00

IoD

These lunches are sponsored by the Nottingham Business School and the IoD is committed to working with education and helping to develop the Directors of the future. Melanie Currie, Deputy Dean of the Business School will highlight the benefits of the links between education and business.

 

Our IoD Chief Economist, Tej Parikh will talk about how the IoD represents your views as members direct to Government. This has been particularly crucial during the Covid Crisis where member feedback has been able to reach the ears of Ministers. Tej will give examples of where you as members can help influence policy.

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Engaging with Images

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

As consumers of content, we are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of blogs, posts, videos and other media that are being created. As a business, how can you use visual marketing to stand out above the noise and make an impact on new and existing customers? 

 

Digital marketing consultant, Paul Ince, talks of the importance of visual marketing in order to tell a brand’s story, but in a way that is accessible for all size businesses – even those without any budget. 

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How to develop a killer marketing plan for small businesses

14:00 - 16:00

LLEP Business Gateway

How to develop a killer marketing plan for small businesses: learn how to create a marketing plan to meet your objectives.

 

Marketing planning allows a business to bring together all the elements of marketing, to provide a clear direction and focus. This session is designed to help you write a killer marketing plan by giving you the tools and practical tips you need to build a simple but effective marketing plan to attract your audience. This is an interactive session that will help you apply the principles of marketing to your business.

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Diving deeper into WordPress

14:00 - 16:00

East Midlands Chamber

WordPress powers over 35% of the web. Everything from hobby blogs to the biggest news sites online. Oh and your website too. Maybe it’s time you knew a little more about WordPress and how you can use within your own business. 

 

For the non-technical site owner WordPress can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand you know it is powerful, very versatile and widely support. On the other hand actually using the CMS it can be a little tricky at times. Diving deeper into the CMS, this webinar will bring you up-to-speed on what to expect and how to use WordPress to more effect in your own business.

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Friday18th September

Leicester Virtual Networking

10:00 - 11:00

FSB

We will all meet virtually for about an hour where we will network and share tips and updates, hosted and facilitated by FSB member and volunteer, Amanda Daly founder of The Turnaround CEO, who will talk to us about Mindset and Resilience in Business

 

Attendees will each be given 30 seconds to introduce their business in a supportive, unpressured environment. Please come armed with any top tips or burning questions about coping with the current crisis.

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How to Take Payments Online

10:00 - 12:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

Taking payments online can be transformational for any business. This seminar will explore and teach you the key concepts that need to be considered when using online payments such as security, fraud protection, buyer experience as well as explaining provider choices and associated costs.

 

Explained using simple terminology this seminar will provide you with a greater understanding on how to make the right decision for your business. Delivered by Digital Growth Programme, Consultant Rob Gregory, he will examine and demonstrate payment provider examples - making test payments in real-time allowing you to see and experience the entire process from purchase to a payment appearing in a provider’s admin system.

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Notts & Derby's Virtual Networking

11:00 - 12:00

FSB

We have a free to attend virtual networking morning for businesses across the D2N2 area. This is your opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs, self-employed people and small business owners, to continue to network, collaborate and support each other.

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IoD East Midlands - Policy Voice Roundtable with James Pinchbeck

11:00 - 12:00

IoD

East Midlands Policy Voice Ambassador, James Pinchbeck, will be leading this online discussion for local members, ensuring the voices of local businesses are amplified and carried forward to the central government for discussion. 

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Marketing: identifying the wants and needs of your customers

14:00 - 17:00

ScaleUp 360

We start with a quick discussion of what we mean by marketing – and, as well as learning that it is not the same thing as promotion, distinguish it from related activities such as sales and branding.

 

The rest of the morning is devoted to explaining how we draft a marketing plan. To do this, we follow the CREATE/VALUE framework for Marketing, which sets out the:

  • context in which your organisation is operating

  • results you are seeking to achieve

  • execution that this demands, in terms of strategy and tactics

  • assignments both internal and external this requires

  • tests to put in place as you work on the campaign

  • evaluation at the end to learn lessons for the future.

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Getting Started with e-Commerce

14:00 - 16:00

D2N2 Growth Hub & East Midlands Chamber

The allure of selling online is compelling. Build a site, add your products then sit back earn money whilst you’re in bed. The reality is somewhat different, eCommerce can be very rewarding, but it isn’t as easy some would have you believe. However, by making informed choices and with confident execution you too can launch a successful ecommerce business.

 

When it comes to eCommerce the choices and challenges are wide ranging and it can feel rather intimidating. There is a lot to consider however this ‘getting started’ webinar cuts through the noise giving clear guidance on how to make the right choices before you even start. You will be taken on a journey through the steps you should take from the start at the ideas stage, to right to the end when you launch.

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Pure Networking

15:30 - 16:30

East Midlands Chamber

This fun and relaxed online networking event provides the ideal opportunity for SME business owners, sole traders and business professionals to meet and connect with like minded people.

You will get the chance to virtually meet a diverse group, from a variety of sectors in a relaxed setting. During these times of isolation, it is increasingly important to keep communicating and build solid working relationships with your fellow business community. 

 

With a 30 second elevator pitch from everyone, all attendees get to hear about you and what your business has to offer.

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Getting Customers Back – tourism sector

17:00 - 18:30

LLEP Business Gateway

Join this webinar to hear from businesses in the tourism sector who have successfully used social media whilst reopening following Covid-19. You will be able to hear all about the innovative ideas they implemented that worked for their businesses following lockdown.

Apply these ideas to your business when it comes to restarting and welcoming customers into your premises again.

There will be an opportunity to reach out & speak to professional social media coaches and discuss best practices using social media platforms to help you use them to communicate & attract customers back into your business.

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