3,2,1… Lift off for start-ups

Experienced professionals looking to LIFT OFF a new enterprise or propel their company to the next level are being offered a helping hand with a series of free Wakefield based workshops.

A tried and tested programme, ‘Lift Off’ has been designed by Leeds University Business School to take participants through the important aspects of starting a small business. It is led by Wakefield Council as part of the ERDF funded AD:VENTURE programme, which provides dedicated support to eligible young and new businesses who have strong growth ambitions.

Over five sessions, the team at Leeds University Business School will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, exploring business goals and opportunities whilst assisting clients on their journey from being a small business to becoming a professional leader.

Aimee Hargreaves, who is an Accounts Manager at Ultra Accountancy, took part in a previous ‘Lift Off’ programme. She comments: “Lift Off did just that –  it helped us take Ultra to the next level. It gave us the confidence to build the brand and I got chance to meet like-minded individuals. The contacts that you make during the programme are completely priceless.

“I’d certainly tell others to accept any help which you are offered as people are always willing to mentor and champion you and your ideas. The advice you receive on the programme is brilliant, especially in the early days when you’re just starting out.”

Clare Elliott, Service Director for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council, adds: “‘Lift Off is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to come together and drive growth within their own companies and across the Wakefield District.

“This series of practical and interactive sessions will enable businesses to set a clear path for moving forwards whilst establishing wide networks of like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs. The popularity and impact of the programme has meant that this is the third time it will be running and should be grabbed with both hands by any business with ambitions to expand.”

Encouraged to participate in the workshops are people who have plans to start up – or already run – a professional service business which has been trading for less than three years with ambitions to grow, having the ultimate aim of eventually creating jobs for others.

Workshops will take place every Wednesday evening from 4pm-7pm starting on the 23rd May and then on the 6th June, 13thJune, 20th June and 27th June at The Art House, WF1 2TE.