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Successfully and Affordably Marketing Your Business Workshop – 17th November 2015

Successfully and Affordably Marketing Your Business Workshop

Date and time – 09:30 – 12:30

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Venue – Bradford Trident Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Bradford, BD5 0LN

 The workshop is designed for anyone with a product or service to promote and all are welcome, whether you have a long established business or are just thinking about launching one.  This workshop will:

  • Explain the principals of marketing and branding
  • Help you to identify how you could market your business more effectively
  • Cover how to make your marketing more effective on a shoe-string budget
  • Look at the do’s and don’ts with promotional flyers and print based advertising in general
  • Help you measure your marketing activity more effectively

Workshop leader – Jonathan Smith, Bradford Kickstart Coach

To book this free course, please contact your local Enterprise Coach

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Using Social Media to Benefit Your Business (Intermediate Level) Workshop – 19th November 2015

Using Social Media to Benefit Your Business (Intermediate Level) Workshop

Date and time – 09:30 – 13:00

Thursday 19th November 2015

Venue – The Wright Watson Enterprise Centre, 40 Albion Road, Idle, Bradford, BD10 9PY

 This workshop is designed for business people who are already using social media to promote their businesses and particularly those who feel they could be getting more out of it.  This interactive workshop will look at the use of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and will benefit you most if you have your laptops or tablets with you.  The workshop leaders will assume that you already have accounts set up on these three platforms and that you have engaged with all three, even if just at a basic level.  The course is also an excellent follow on for anyone who has attended the ‘Introduction to Social Media’ Workshop.

Workshop leaders – Mike Whitehouse – Bradford Kickstart Enterprise Coach, and Pan Aveyard – 2 Yards Media

To book this free course, please contact your local Enterprise Coach

The Basics of Business Planning Workshop – 25th November 2015

Date and time – 14:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 25th November 2015

Venue – Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford BD8 8BD

This workshop will help you to understand the process of business planning and will also enable you to pull together a plan that is great working document for yourself, helping to guide your business journey.  The session will help you to:

  • Clearly state what your business is and who it’s there for
  • Think about your personal strengths and identify where you may need support
  • Understand the need for market research
  • Plan what you are likely to require funding for and when
  • Be more confident when pulling together financial predictions

Workshop leader – Katherine Wyatt – Bradford Kickstart Enterprise Coach

To book this free course, please contact your local Enterprise Coach

Exploring Enterprise Workshop – 30th October 2015

Exploring Enterprise Workshop

Date and time – 10:00 – 12:00

Friday 30th October 2015

Venue – Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Manningham, Bradford, BD8 8BD

 An interactive workshop which allows you to understand the basics of registering as self-employed, starting a business and putting together a basic business plan.  The session covers:

  • Risks and rewards of starting a business
  • Researching the market
  • Basic business planning
  • Business Structures
  • Next steps and funding your idea

Workshop leader – Katherine Wyatt and Rav Panesar, Bradford Kickstart Coaches

To book this free course, please contact your local Enterprise Coach

Wright Watson Enterprise Centre Open for Business!

The Wright Watson Enterprise Centre has now opened in Idle Village

On the first floor (accessible by a disabled lift or stairs) we have seven offices of varying sizes. These may be leased (12 month minimum term) at competitive market rates and includes state-of-the-art, Wi-Fi and VoIP internet telephone system which can save businesses a lot of money.

Our rents include all Utility costs. You will be responsible for Business Rates, telephone costs and will be required to make a contribution towards internet access. If you are a Social Enterprise, or a Registered Charity, you may qualify for substantial discount on business rates.

Click here for more information

DJ Wil Oddsox – Will Lilburn Quick


DJ Wil Oddsox


Will Lilburn Quick was made redundant in 2011, his decision to accept this was a result of time analysing and exploring what he really wanted to do with his life at this stage. As he had an enthusiasm and 25 years experience in the DJ industry, Wil decided to take a leap of faith and decided to set up as a DJ on a self-employed basis. Wil has a passion for music, and has a wide collection of equipment and music, which he has collated over the years.  Wil’s business currently allows him to work as a DJ, offering his services to weddings and parties. Wil also can be seen DJing at social events on a Saturday night at the highly popular ‘Front Room Disco’ and offers a unique vintage horn gramophone for hire, which is ideal for weddings. This business launched in October 2013 and received help through New Enterprise Allowance.


With Zahra’s help, Wil was able to write a robust business plan and a cash flow representing his first two years of trading, which was submitted to the New Enterprise Allowance.  Wil was successful in acquiring this and a small loan which he invested into two gramophones. Support from Zahra included goal setting, constructive action planning and contacts to get him started.  Through Bradford Kickstart Wil was also able to gain support on Social Media and managing his finances.

Will’s main challenge was competing with other more established DJ’s and getting his product and services known.  Whilst this was happening, the lack of financial income in the first months of trading impacted on his personal life negatively as he didn’t have the financial income to support his family. Now Wil has been part of exciting and interesting opportunities, such as being able to play at a festival in Saltaire. Will acknowledges that as a self employed businessman he has many benefits such as spending more time with his family and being the sole owner. This has also given the opportunity to be flexible with his time.

Future Plans

Will continues to look for more work and grow his reputation as a reliable DJ and Gramophone business.  His main aim at the moment is to gain independence and support his family.

DJ Wil Oddsox
Will Lilburn Quick

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