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Uttlesford District Council

Uttlesford District Council - Credit: Archant

FREE workshops and training opportunities for people looking to start their own business have been organised by Uttlesford District Council.

The authority’s economic development officer, Simon Jackson, said there had never been a better time for people to start a business – sighting Uttlesford’s many small businesses as a key part of the district’s rural economy.

“Some of the best ideas for a business and most robust businesses are created when the economy is struggling with people really focusing on their business model, rather than assume that there is a market for their product or service that can happen in more buoyant times,” he explained.

“Having access to high-quality advice and then acting upon it can be the difference between make or break for someone starting a business.”

The ‘Be Your Own Boss’ all-day workshop will give anyone who wants to get their business right and potentially thrive. This will be held in the town hall on February 8 and covers topics including writing your business plan, setting up a website and basic book-keeping.

Three workshops will be run to give help people planning to become self-employed and those keen to start their own business.

A half-day workshop titled ‘Create a Business Idea’ has been designed for people who have the desire to start a business and the council has assured that anyone who goes along will walk away with at least one tangible idea. This takes place on February 15 at the town hall in Saffron Walden from 9am-12.30pm. It will cover where new ideas come from and what makes a good idea, along with other topics.

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Both of these workshops are free but booking is essential. The number of places is limited to ensure each participant gains as much as possible.

Anyone on Job Seeker’s Allowance will also be given the opportunity to attend a fully-funded Business Planning Course, beginning with a ‘Taster Workshop’ on January 30 in Saffron Walden Town Hall from 9am-4pm.

To book a place on any of the above please contact the Ignite Office on 01376 340770 or email