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To enroll on any of the workshops and seminars listed below, please contact,
Lucan Richards on 020 7278 5757 or email: lrichards@centa.co.uk


Workshops for new businesses

Barclays Get Ready for Business


In association with Barclays

An ongoing series of structured seminars by professionals aimed at the self-employed and businesses trading less than 12 months.

Dealing with tax and NI, registering your business, finding premises, knowing your customers and competitors, and applying for funding.

Client testimonial:
'I want to thank you for this very useful workshop. I got a lot out of it, as I'm sure the other participants did. It was to the point, practical and no-nonsense and in today's competitive climate and tough economic situation that seems to me to be just the right approach. The delivery was spot-on.' 

Andrea Reidy February 2011

 

10:00 - 16:00

Weds 30th April 2014

Weds 28th May 2014

Weds 25th June 2014

Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

Cost FREE
 
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Supply Cross River 2
Procurement Workshops


To enhance its individual tendering advice and mentoring programme, Centa are running a series of practical workshops specifically designed to give business owners and managers the skills to tender successfully for new contracts.

The workshops are free for London based SMEs*, to book a place for yourself or a key member of your sales team, or to see how the Supply Cross River programme can benefit your business .

sxr@centa.co.uk

 

9:30 - 13:30

Thurs 13th Feb 2014

Thurs 20th Feb 2014

Thurs 13th Mar 2014

Weds 26th Mar 2014
  
Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

  

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Self-employment
One-Stop-Shop


A one-stop-shop to show you how to register for self employment, set up and maintain business records, how to pay your taxes and National Insurance Contributions (NIC).

Everything you need to know in one place at one time, with a speaker from HMRC.
 

11:00 - 13:00
Registration from 10.45am

Further dates TBC
  
Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

  

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Book-Keeping Workshop

This half day workshop is aimed at new businesses and the self employed with little or no previous experience in bookkeeping. Participants will find out how staying in control of your books can effectively help you manage your small business and why it is important to keep the right records.

If you are starting a new business it is required by law that you get a proper record keeping system in place from the beginning. If you fill in a tax return, VAT return or claim benefits or tax credits, there are some special rules. If you do not keep adequate records or you do not keep your records for the required period of time, you may have to pay more taxes as well as additional penalties to HMRC.

Having a good record keeping system which you keep up to date will help you: 

  • keep track of your expenses
  • ask for a bank loan or credit if you need to
  • see quickly what you are owed by others and how much you owe them
  • save time and accountancy costs
  • pay the correct amount of tax
  • receive the correct amount of benefits or credits
  • Avoid paying any extra tax or penalties.

There will also be an opportunity for a questions & answers throughout the workshop as well at the end.

 

10:00 - 14:00

Further dates TBC

Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

Cost £50.00 inc. VAT
  

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Workshops for micro businesses
Training for sole traders or businesses trading over 18 months with 1-9 employees.

Winning Tenders
Procurement Seminar

This seminar is specifically designed to deliver full information to any bidder eager to develop their knowledge and understanding of the tendering process.
We will expertly guide you through the entire tendering process and provide you with some of the secrets of success. Learn how to draft and present successful tender responses that give your tenders the winning edge.

 

  10:00 – 14:00

Further dates TBC

Central Reference Library
2 Fieldway Crescent
London
N5 1PF

  
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For information contact:

Lucan Richards
020 7278 5757
lrichards@centa.co.uk 

       

Find Your Powerful
Voice!

The Central School of Speech and Drama will show how breathing, posture and articulation helps you make an impact at work; to win pitches, steer meetings and communicate with confidence, presence and power.  If you communicate regularly to audiences of any size – in meetings, presentations, sales or interviews - this course is for you!
Why is voice training important?

Only 7% of communication to an audience is about the words. The Central School of Speech and Drama is a world-class institution with expert practitioners focused on the development of skills in the other 93% – the voice and the body.

Speakers Emily Pollet and Amanda Wright will teach you how to:

• develop vocal power to
   project confidence and  
   passion 
• build teamwork and rapport
   skills
• develop presence and
   gravitas – the behaviours
   of leadership
• to appear calm and
   confident under pressure

The session blends skills training with theatre to highlight core techniques in a dynamic and entertaining way. Everybody can take part!


 

10:00 - 13:00

Further dates TBC

Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

For information contact:

Lucan Richards
020 7278 5757
lrichards@centa.co.uk 

* This event is delivered in partnership with The Central School of Speech and Drama

Cost TBC

Search Engine Optimisation:



'Making the internet work for your business'

Walk away with everything you need to put your business at the top of a Google search. 

OmWeb’s founder Yoga Bowers empowers micro-businesses with the tools they need to harness the internet and Google search listings.

Seminar includes: SEO Marketing Action Steps; Search Engine Software; Google Checklist; The Power of Directories and Techniques; Techniques, Tools, and Tricks; plus Q&A session.

 

9:00 - 12:00

Further dates TBC

Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG

Micro-businesses only

Cost TBC

 


Business Rates Revaluation Seminar

 


Centa in partnership with Camden Council have arranged a seminar for businesses in the borough to hear from representatives from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and the Council’s Business Rates team to explain how the 2010 business rates revaluation will affect your business, and how you can appeal the process.
 
There will also be a chance to ask questions, find out about available business support, network with other businesses and arrange to meet with advisers from Centa Business Services.
 
Over the next few months Centa will also be provided meeting rooms (on a first come first served basis) for those businesses who would like to meet with their advisors in a central location.
 
Your business must be based in Camden and spaces are limited.

 

 

 


6:00 – 20:00


Further Dates TBC
  
Derbyshire House
St Chads Street
Camden
London
WC1H 8AG


Camden businesses only

Cost TBC

Networking events for start ups and micro businesess

Do you want to meet other businesses in your local area? The best way to find out about events in London is to sign up to Centa's monthly Business e-Newsletter. You will receive details of relevant events in London and be given the opportunity to attend. To receive the newsletter, either sign up to become a Centa Member or enter your email address into the text box below. Alternatively, send us your name and contact telephone to news@centa.co.uk.

It is also worth visiting Business London at www.enterprisecentral.co.uk