As headline sponsors of the MADE Festival in Sheffield, we’re running a free fringe event at Electric Works on Friday 26th September 2014 with a stellar line-up of small business experts from the North of England.
With almost the equivalent of the population of Sheffield starting up in business each year in the UK, the ‘Start and grow your business with Sage One‘ event will aim to not only inspire but also inform attendees on the realities of self-employment.
The event will see two of Yorkshire’s biggest small business champions, Tina Boden and Tony Robinson OBE (Co-Founders of Enterprise Rockers, an online self-help community for micro businesses) joined by Sage start-up expert Jonathan Dowden (from Newcastle) and Brad Burton, the UK’s No.1 motivational speaker and MD of 4Networking (originally from Salford).
Tina Boden, one of Yorkshire’s leading small business champions, will be discussing the importance of self-belief and how to sell yourself as a business and a person. A third generation self-employer, Tina bought her first business at 21, having worked in her parents’ business from the age of 12, and draws on a wealth of experience in running micro businesses across multiple sectors.
“If you’re a micro business then you need to work collaboratively as much as possible,” commented Boden. “Other companies in your marketplace are potential allies and collaborators, rather than just being competitors. My top business tip is to work with other people and draw on their strengths to support your own business. Micro businesses can’t work in total isolation, so astute networking when the opportunity presents itself is a key ingredient in success.”
As one of the UK’s most outspoken and knowledgeable commentators on start-up initiatives, Tony Robinson will be sharing some of his insights into business support in the UK today. The author of seven micro business books, in 2001 Tony received an OBE for services to small firms and training, recognising his outstanding contribution, passion and expertise in micro enterprise.
“It might seem an obvious tip to some, but strip down any expense that isn’t absolutely necessary,” commented Robinson. “When you’re first setting up your new business, being as lean as possible is crucial. You must have a firm grip on your business’s outgoings and limit them tightly, and that means thinking thoroughly and honestly about what expenses you can do without.”
“You also cannot, and must not, rely on your current income stream at any point. At any given stage in your business you should be exploring your next source of income, trying out new ideas and doing test trading. You’ve got to be fast on your feet in developing new income streams all the time.”
As one of Britain’s biggest business success stories with more than 800,000 customers in the UK, Sage is perfectly placed to provide insight on the challenges facing small business owners and how technology can help overcome them. Modern technology means you can start and run a business from anywhere with an Internet connection, especially with cloud-based software like Sage One Accounts and Payroll and Sage Pay.
Running from 9am-12.30pm at Electric Works, Sheffield Digital Campus, S1 2BJ, all attendees will also be given some free guides to help them start and grow their business and encouraged to buy or sign up for a free trial of Sage One Accounts and Payroll at http://uk.sageone.com/products/.