Business Training Programme

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Horsham District Council has organised an exciting new Business Training Programme consisting of a mix of free in-person and online workshops for existing or potential independent small businesses based in Horsham District.

We have listed details on the workshops taking place and how to book. Please note that places are limited, so make sure you book a spot if you would like to be involved.

A list of upcoming workshops are available below, by type. Click on the workshop title to be taken to further information.

Upcoming workshops

Business management

Business marketing


Local produce

Budget setting and cash flow forecasting for small businesses with Carolyn Burchell from Composure Accounting

Staff wellbeing with Horsham District Council’s Wellbeing Team

Advanced Social Media for Business Masterclass with Michelle Betts from ByJove Media

  • Join Michelle Betts from ByJove Media for this Masterclass to explore social media platforms in detail and identify which ones you should be using for your business and how. You will be given the tools to create your own social media strategy and to effectively plan your own social media content.
  • Tuesday 7 March 2023, 09:30 - 16:30
  • Location: The Shelley Arms, 16-18 Old Guildford Rd, Broadbridge Heath, RH12 3JU
  • Email to apply for a place

The Rising Stars Programme

  • Join a consortium of experts in their respective fields for The Rising Stars Programme, a 7-week programme where you will learn innovative ideas, tips, and strategies to take your business to the next stage.
  • Find out more and watch the short video trailer or long video trailer introducing the programme
  • Tuesdays for 7 weeks, starting Tuesday 21 February 2023 (times vary)
  • Location: Wicker Room, Park House, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RN
  • To register your interest please email with the subject "Rising Stars Programme".

Introduction to videography for small businesses with Geoff Cockwill and Mike Watts from Silvertip Films

TikTok Business Masterclass with Michelle Betts from ByJove Media

  • Join Michelle Betts from ByJove Media for this Masterclass on how to successfully leverage TikTok for your business.
  • Find out more and watch Michelle's video trailer introducing the masterclass
  • Thursday 27 April 2023, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Location: Horsham Sports Club, Cricket Field Rd, Horsham, RH12 1TE
  • Email to apply for a place

Ready, Set, Grow! with Digital Islands

  • Small business owners in the District of Horsham trading for less than two years, are invited to be part of an exciting new programme of business support, called ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’. This programme has been designed to help you to:
    • Clarify your value proposition, enabling customers to clearly understand what you do, and why it is of value to them
    • Build an action plan to keep you on track and focused on your objectives
    • Recruit and retain great people
    • Understand your finances
    • Market your business effectively by developing a marketing plan and using social media to achieve results
  • ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ is a series of 7 expert-led, face to face workshops, to be held in Horsham Library, plus one-to-one support in developing your business action plan.
  • Starting 5 May and running through until 23 June 2023
  • Location: Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PJ
  • Book a meeting with Gavin McWhirter of Digital Islands to discuss your suitability.

Planning for growth and adapting to change with Mike Clare from Intrinsia

  • Join Mike Clare from Intrinsia who will help you identify opportunities to grow your business and to react quickly to changes in a business environment, as part of a series of short videos on planning for growth and adapting to change.
  • Find out more and watch Mike's video trailer introducing the course
  • Location: Online, pre-recorded videos
  • Sign up to the West Sussex Business Hub for free, to access the videos

Taking on an Apprentice with Amy Blick from exhilHRate

Other workshops coming soon

The following workshops are in the planning stages. Register your interest by completing our online form with your email address and phone number and selecting the workshop(s) you are interested in. We will then contact you when the booking information is available.

How to make the most of your market stall with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF)

  • More details coming soon. Register your interest by completing our online form.

Supporting your journey to net zero with Horsham District Council

  • More details coming soon. Register your interest by completing our online form.

Using local produce to boost your business with Natural Partnerships CIC

  • More details coming soon. Register your interest by completing our online form.

Join the West Sussex Business Hub

Sign up for free to the West Sussex Business Hub to access further videos and other resources related to the Business Training Programme, alongside an expanding range of local business support, information, advice and opportunities to connect with other local business owners.

The hub is part funded by Horsham District Council in collaboration with Councils across West Sussex and developed by Digital Islands.

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