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Two free workshops to help your business prosper

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Don’t miss these two FREE workshops from Cumbria Business Growth Hub coming up next week.

Learn how to improve and refine your negotiation skills next Wednesday, September 12th, at Kendal Rugby Club, from 10am to 4pm.

The session will provide proven, simple-to-use techniques. It covers:

  • What is ‘negotiation’
  • The ‘eight steps to successful negotiation’
  • How to understand, interpret and negotiate with differing body languages
  • Effective planning for improved negotiation results
  • How to create and claim value in a negotiation
  • Business styles
  • Potential bias and other factors affecting outcomes
  • Using/not using influence to improve the outcome
  • ‘The Deal’ techniques
  • Effective follow up
  • Embedding your successful negotiation skills

Then on Thursday, September 13th, we show how to use coaching and mentoring to enhance the performance of your team, improve their working relationships and develop their capability. The session at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Penrith, runs from 10am to 4pm. It covers:

  • The differences between coaching and mentoring
  • Alternatives to coaching and mentoring
  • Strategic approaches to ensure sustained growth
  • Businesses and individuals at different stages, in different sectors
  • Matching high support with high challenge to create better outcomes
  • Creating a learning culture
  • Supporting coaching and mentoring skills with communication and sharing technologies
  • Assessing the impact of coaching and mentoring
  • Using peer-to-peer skills
  • Action planning, commitment and prioritisation

Both these workshops are FREE OF CHARGE to eligible businesses thanks to funding through Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

The negotiating skills workshop would normally cost around £400 and the coaching and mentoring workshop £350.

To confirm your eligibility and book a place, or if you have any other queries, email Catherynn@cumbriachamber.co.uk

They are the latest in a series of free Growth Hub workshops to promote business growth. Others cover, for example, time management, sales, management tools, writing to sell, purchasing, writing website content, market research, digital marketing, improving profitability, future proofing your business, tendering for contracts, and SEO.

Here’s what participants in previous sessions had to say:

“The speakers are very knowledgeable and the presentations are always very well attended. Even if the workshop is on a subject you think you know, there will always be at least one ‘golden nugget’ of information you can take away and benefit your business. The workshops are also great places for networking.” Simon, The Warm Welly Co

 “Taking time out of my business to look at the bigger picture is always hard but spending time at Growth Hub courses pays dividends. Not only do you get to work on your business rather than in your business, but you meet a network of like-minded people who you can share discussions with. I have been so impressed with the courses that I have followed up with the presenter either for myself or for clients – something I wouldn’t do unless I felt it added real and practical value.”  Tracey, Market Sense

“The free workshops have been a valuable opportunity to get ‘top tips’ and to develop a deeper understanding of different marketing techniques. The courses also offered me the opportunity to meet different business owners, which has been great for extending my network of contacts.  All the tutors were excellent and very knowledgeable.  Highly recommended.” Fiona, Solwayconnections

The workshops are part of the wider business support offer provided by the Chamber’s Cumbria Business Growth Hub.

To find out more about how the Growth Hub can help your business, click here or call 0844 257 84 50.

ERDFThe funding that supports the Growth Hub comes from a range of sources including Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, the European Regional Development Fund, Allerdale Borough Council (Sellafield Ltd’s Allerdale SIIF, distributed by Allerdale Borough Council), Barrow Borough Council (FEDF Coastal Communities Fund Supply Chain Initiative, the Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estates marine assets; it is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government), Carlisle City Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria LEP.  The Growth Hub is receiving up to £2,528,767 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information, click here.

© Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

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