Training & Events

Training & Events

BSUS Workshops

Export WorkshopsWe run a number of free workshops on a range of topics, at different venues around the county and throughout the year.

The latest details are available below – with workshops covering finance, starting a business, customer service and WordPress.

To find out more about each training event, click the arrows on the right hand side of the listings.

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50.

WordPress For Beginners [6th September/Kendal & 20th September/Whitehaven]

WordPress For Beginners: Everything You Need To Know About WordPress To Launch Your Business Website

Trainer: Paul Teague, Digital Development Manager at Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Two dates available:

Friday 6th September 2019, 10am – 4pm at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Friday 20th September 2019, 10am – 4pm at The Beacon, Whitehaven

Book your place: lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk

WordpressEvery new business needs a website these days, but setting one up is often easier said than done!

What system do you use, how much will it cost, can you set it up yourself – these are all questions which you have to ask before getting started.

In this one-day, hands-on training day, Paul Teague, the Chamber’s Digital Development Manager, will show you how to set up a WordPress website in day.

Come equipped with a laptop (not tablets or phones please) and Paul will guide you step-by-step through the entire process.

At the end of the day you’ll be able to decide if this is the correct option for your business and you’ll have the framework for a basic website.

This is what will be covered during the day:

  • What is a Content Management System?
  • What is WordPress and why should you consider using it?
  • The difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
  • The difference between a blog and a website
  • How to set up a free WordPress site for free in 5 minutes flat
  • WordPress done the proper way
  • Domain names and nameservers
  • How to get support for WordPress through the forums and useful sites
  • Logging into your new WordPress blog
  • An introduction to posts, plugins and themes
  • Setting up the basics (title, tagline, gravatars and permalinks)
  • The difference between pages and posts
  • Your first WordPress page & post
  • Adding images
  • Finding and changing themes
  • WordPress categories & comments
  • WordPress widgets & menus

Please remember to bring a laptop (no tablets or phones please, you won’t be able to set up a website using those devices) and a charging lead, and we’ll do the rest.

Two dates available:

Friday 6th September 2019, 10am – 4pm at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

Friday 20th September 2019, 10am – 4pm at The Beacon, Whitehaven

(Eligibility criteria apply)

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Start your business in a weekend [30th September/Carlisle]

Start your business in a weekend

Start your businessDate: 30th September

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, 3rd Floor Broadacre House, 16-20 Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DA

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Workshop details:

This workshop covers:

  • Why people start their own business
  • Why, How and What of a business
  • How the principle of creating value can guide business decisions
  • Legal structures
  • Dealing with HMRC
  • Opening bank accounts
  • Registering domain names
  • Drawing up contracts
  • Insurances

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Pricing workshop [1st October/Ulverston]

Pricing

Date: 1st October

Time: 9.30am to 1pm

Venue: Newby Bridge Hotel, Nr Ulverston, LA12 8NA

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Workshop details:

One of the most important decisions a business can make is pricing - focusing on cost rather than value means many get this wrong!

This half-day workshop takes a look at conventional wisdom and learns how it falls short, before exploring the danger of discounts and the difference between ‘differentiating’ and ‘discriminating’ on price. Also covered is the psychology of pricing, learning how to create value with price by discussing real-world examples where this happens – and, crucially, the effect on your brand.

A key point is that humans are not perfect, so we need to identify the shortcuts on which they rely and understand their impact on profits. The workshop ends with an astonishing conclusion: could you sell more by raising your prices?

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Finance [8th November/Kendal]

Finance

Finance

Date: 8th November

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, LA9 6RG

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

Workshop details: 

This workshop builds confidence by introducing the essentials of finance and covers:

  • Accurate record keeping
  • The difference between cash and accrual methods
  • HMRC requirements across PAYE, National Insurance, VAT, and Corporation Tax
  • Allowable expenses
  • Making tax digital
  • Cashflow forecasting (including credit control)
  • Ways to raise funds (advantages and disadvantages)
  • Key terminology

To book email lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk or call 0844 257 84 50

  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • Carlisle City Council