The BEST Growth Hub, based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, funded the delivery of business workshops via LAR Consultancy. This entitled Essex business to receive expert training at locations across Essex. The programme was co-supported by the Essex Innovation Programme (a successful Essex County Council project to foster innovation across Essex).
It commenced in November 2017 until May 2018, included over 60 workshops and webinars, including the following topics: social media, access to finance, effective leadership, public relations, branding, family businesses, GDPR, sales and cold-calling, risk management, HR, market research, marketing, IP.
The programme comprised three, four and six hour workshops as well as 1.5 hour webinars. The workshops were delivered by Members of The Consortium and Associates, including award-winning expert business mentors that all have direct experience in running their own businesses.
With almost 70,000 small businesses located in Essex hundreds of business persons benefited from the expert training. The workshops were open to start-ups, established businesses, sole-traders as well as small, medium and large sized organisations. All levels of expertise were covered: from beginners to advanced business people.