Business Start Up Conference Event

On Wednesday 22nd March from 10am – 1pm, there will be a Business Start Up Conference at the Atkinson Library in Southport. This event has been organised via the Enterprise Hub programme and as AVCT are a delivery partner; we will be attending!

The Smarta Business Starter team, as part of AVCT, will be in attendance and will be available to answer any problematic business start up issues you may be facing. Furthermore there is a chance to hear from other local business owners who will be sharing their own personal stories on how they moved from having the idea to starting a business to now actually sustaining their business.

All in all this should be a very positive day. If you would like to attend this event, no appointmnet is needed just simply turn up; however if you would like to hear more information please email kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk

Address:

The Atkinson Art Gallery & Library
Lord Street
Southport .
PR8 1DB

‘CONNECT17’ – FREE Networking Event at AVCT

As part of the ERDF Enterprise Hub project, AVCT are holding a FREE Networking event – ‘CONNECT17’ on Wednesday 7th December from 9:30am – 1:00pm for anyone who is thinking of starting their own business.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with people who started their own businesses in 2016 with support through the Enterprise Hub project. Furthermore Cllr Gary Millar, Assistant Mayor & Mayoral Lead for Business & International Trade, will open the event , plus other special guests will be in attendance too.

Festive refreshments will be available as well as our own business advisors who will assist you with any queries; so do feel free to join us! To confirm your attendance please contact Kayleigh on 0151 546 5514 or alternatively email kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk

For further information about the ERDF Enterprise Hub project please click on Smarta Business Starter

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“Turn your passion in to a Profit…” AVCT can help!

Sophie Bailey first approached Alt Valley Community Trust in January 2016 for business start-up advice, having been recommended by a colleague who had previously received Business Support Advice on the ERDF Making Business Work programme through AVCT.

Sophie, 21 yrs old, had not long since finished her Art & Design course at City of Liverpool College, having previously had part time employment at a local Garden Centre in Maghull.

Sophie told us “I have always been interested in art but from a standpoint of creating long-lasting and impactful images that are more than just static art form. So the chance to become a self- employed tattoo artist had real appeal, especially as I could get so much free professional business start-up advice.”

Sophie spotted an opportunity in her local community:

“As a long-term resident of Maghull I was aware of a local tattoo salon in Maghull, Studio City Ink run by Michael Seerey, which gave me the thought that I might just have a business opportunity on my doorstep.”

Looking for support to turn her idea into a business Sophie approached AVCT to take advantage of the free support on offer through Enterprise Hub.

“Having signed onto the Enterprise Hub business start-up programme with Alt Valley Community Trust, I was teamed up with one of their Business Advisors Roy Meredith, who arranged for me to attend an initial Business Start Up workshop along with 6 other people who were in a very similar situation to me. I thought it was great – very informative and relaxed, with just the right level of information and participation.”

After this initial workshop, Roy worked on a one-to-one basis with Sophie to help her frame her business plans and develop new skills that will be essential to the future success of the business.

Coincidentally, at around the time Sophie decided to become self- employed, Michael Seerey was re- launching his newly located and expanded salon in Maghull, so Sophie has located into that salon, whilst at the same time developing her own clientele base and creating her own art and style of tattooing.

Since Sophie launched her business in April she has completed over 130 unique tattoos for as many as 98 clients, people mainly in the 30-40 year old age bracket, but also younger and much older!

She said “I get all sorts of people calling in wanting something tattooing which is really different – perhaps to celebrate a newly born child, or remember somebody by. Or people who simply say to themselves ‘WHY NOT?'”

The new Studio City Ink salon is superbly located next to the Coach & Horses Pub in Maghull right by the pedestrian crossing lights which has been great for passing interest.

Reflecting on how far she has come so far Sophie said “My own business progress is really good and with the additional business development skills that the Alt Valley Advisors are now giving me, I’m sure I can do really well. I can’t thank the Enterprise Hub Project enough for their support and encouragement.”

For more information on Enterprise Hub please contact either the central Enterprise Hub Team on 0151 706 8113 or get in touch with Kayleigh Clarke at AVCT on 0151 546 5514.

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“Nu:Move” into Business for Mike Roxburgh…

Mike Roxburgh first approached AVCT in January 2016 for business start-up advice, having been recommended by a work colleague. At the time Mike was employed and was looking for a career change.

Mike had already had the idea of acquiring an online real estate agency franchise, but without any previous business ownership experience Mike really needed the essential business start-up knowledge and skills to enable him to launch the business. He signed up to the ERDF Enterprise Hub Project that AVCT currently deliver on.

“I had already decided to go down the self-employment option”, says Mike, “but I had never been self-employed before and I needed some pointers to help me get off the ground. I attended sessions at the Alt Valley Community Trust which benefited me enormously.”

Mike added “I also decided to launch a complementary company, MJR Property Management. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly, Nu:Move Liverpool’s services to landlords end at the point of letting. Secondly, ever increasing legislation is being introduced to regulate the private sector letting”

The business start-up workshop that Mike attended at the beginning of the Enterprise Hub programme provided information on setting the business up, business planning, marketing & sales, financing, taxation and keeping information records. The additional support that Mike accessed concentrated on developing essential marketing and selling skills including research, branding, social media, website optimisation and customer management; these sessions were led by the Enterprise Hub advisors John Mathias, Ian Marshall and Roy Meredith.

Mike added “The advice I received from several highly experienced business advisors at Alt Valley was really helpful and really made a difference when I was setting things up. I never felt alone and always had a friendly face or voice at the other end of the line. Just the opportunity to sit down and bounce ideas or thoughts off someone who understood exactly where I was coming from and understood the concerns and anxieties I had was of huge assistance alone.”

Mike’s online Estate Agency Nu-Move Liverpool and his property management company commenced trading on 6th April 2016 and are already showing very promising signs of early success. In the first 6 weeks of trading the companies have sold and let a number of properties across Liverpool with one recent property in the Huyton area being sold subject to contract in just 5 days. There are also a growing number of private tenancy management properties being added to the portfolio with a possible expansion planned as far as Blackpool.

For more information about the Enterprise Hub project and how AVCT can help you; please call the team on 0151 546 5514.

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Lawrence Kenwright returns to Alt Valley Business Network!

Guest speaker at the May meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network was Liverpool Businessman and Entrepreneur Lawrence Kenwright of Signature Living Group

The meeting attracted an audience of some 40 members and guests who listened keenly to how Lawrence has built his hotel and leisure empire and continues to attract investment to new developments throughout the country. Lawrence is a passionate scouser and believes earnestly in wherever possible sourcing his specialist resources locally.

Members took advantage of the opportunity to meet Lawrence first hand and briefly introduce their services.

Alt Valley Business Network meets every month, usually on the last Friday for its breakfast meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of the network; please call Kayleigh on 0151 546 5514.

ERDF Funded New Markets 2 Project – Business Advisor

The pioneering Social Enterprise Community Organisation, Alt Valley Community Trust, is seeking to recruit an experienced full-time Business Advisor to its business support team.

Delivering business advice in disadvantaged communities, the Advisor will be an integral part of the team working on this important ERDF business support project across the Liverpool City Region.

The Advisor will support established businesses looking to grow through product/service diversification and new markets. The Advisor will join an established and passionate business support team that wants to make a difference in challenging Communities.

Essential Attributes
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate:
• Past, current or equivalent SFEDI- standard Business Advisor credentials
• A passion for working with small, growing businesses and making a difference
• A drive to add to the work that’s already changing and regenerating local Communities
• An ability to deliver objectives through individual initiative and team participation on a target driven project
• An ability to deliver business support in either a workshop or one-to-one mode

Key Responsibilities
• The delivery of fixed ERDF outputs to a pre-agreed phased programme of monthly and quarterly targets
• The self-generation and management of a portfolio of clients
• Maintaining the essential administration and reporting requirements of ERDF programmes
• Contributing to the achievement of team goals and supporting other team members

Salary £30,000 depending on experience, with required flexibility to be discussed at time of offer being made.

Fixed term until February 2018, although successful applicants will be offered an initial 3-month probationary period.

CV’s and brief supporting statement should be sent to Danielle Forman, Project Manager, Alt Valley Community Trust, The Communiversity, Altcross Road, Croxteth, Liverpool, L110BS or please send to danielleforman@altvalley.co.uk

Closing date Friday 5th February 2016.

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ERDF Funded Enterprise Hub Vacancy – Business Advisor

The pioneering Social Enterprise Community Organisation, Alt Valley Community Trust, is seeking to recruit an experienced full-time Business Advisor to its business support team.

Delivering business advice to pre- start businesses in the disadvantaged communities of North East Liverpool, the Advisor will be an integral part of the team working on this important ERDF business support project across the Liverpool City Region. The Advisor will join an established and passionate business support team that wants to make a difference in challenging Communities.

Essential Attributes
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate:
• Past, current or equivalent SFEDI- standard Business Advisor credentials
• A passion for working with pre-start businesses and making a difference
• A drive to add to the work that’s already changing and regenerating local Communities
• An ability to deliver objectives through individual initiative and team participation on a target driven project
• An ability to deliver business support in either a workshop or one-to-one mode

Key Responsibilities
• The delivery of fixed ERDF outputs to a pre-agreed phased programme of monthly and quarterly targets
• The self-generation and management of a portfolio of clients
• Maintaining the essential administration and reporting requirements of ERDF programmes
• Contributing to the achievement of team goals and supporting other team members

Salary £28000 – £30000 depending on experience, with required flexibility to be discussed at time of offer being made.

Fixed term contract till 31st January 2018, although successful applicants will be offered an initial 3-month probationary period.

CV’s and brief supporting statement should be sent to Danielle Forman, Assistant Chief Executive, Alt Valley Community Trust, The Communiversity, Altcross Road, Croxteth, Liverpool, L110BS or please send to danielleforman@altvalley.co.uk

Shortlisting will take place after 22ndJanuary, with interviews from w/c 1st February onwards.

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AVCT to co-deliver on a New ERDF Project

WANT TO START UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Q. Ever wondered what it’d be like to be your own boss and run your own business?
Q. Need some help to get started but don’t know where to turn?
Q. Not sure about what to do to get set up in business?

Well now you can get some FREE practical help to get yourself set up in business with the tools and techniques necessary to give your business the best possible start.

A new European-funded project across the whole of the Liverpool City Region – Enterprise Hub – has now launched, and Alt Valley Community Trust is your local delivery partner.

Get help with:

• How to research and assess your business idea
• Business Planning
• Marketing & Sales
• Setting your business up
• Financial, taxation and legal compliance

Call Kayleigh Clarke at Alt Valley Community Trust on 0151 564 5514 for further information.

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AVBN Member wins ‘Entrepreneur of the Year!’

A member of the Alt Valley Business Network; Karen Bellion received ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2015’ at this years inaugural FSB Liverpool City Region Business Awards.

Karen who has been a member of the network since January 2014 quoted “I am delighted to have won the award for Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural FSB Liverpool City Region Business Awards. It feels like a vindication of the work we are doing at Othella LLP and I can’t wait for next year. There was such a fantastic line-up so to have come out as winner is brilliant”.

A huge congratulations to you Karen from all at AVCT!

To find out how YOU can become a member of AVBN please contact Kayleigh Clarke, Network Co-ordinator on 0151 546 5514.

New Fund Launches for Small Community – Led Organisations

First Steps Enterprise Fund launched for community – led organisations in North West and South West of England.

Small community – led organisations based in the North West or South West of England can now apply for up to £30,000 from the new First Steps Enterprise Fund. The fund is offering loan – grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in these communities to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. The investments are the first steps towards accessing the wider social investment market and more financing options. Eligible organisations will have been operating for longer than one year but less than three years.

It is a pilot partnership between ASDA Foundation and the Social Investment Business Foundation. The fund intends to catalyse other UK corporate foundations to use their money innovatively to create social impact in communities across the country. It will complement ASDA foundation’s other programmes and will meet their aim of creating stronger and more sustainable communities.

Deadline for applications is noon 26th June 2015

For more information and to start your application visit the Social Investment Business Website