2023 Business Skills Programme launching in Horsham District

Published: 02 Dec 2022

Free business training programme for local Horsham businesses

Saturday 3 December is Small Business Saturday across the UK. A day for us all to champion our small business owners and recognise the huge contribution they make to our communities and local economies.

To mark the annual event this year, Horsham District Council has chosen to launch its 2023 Business Training Programme offering opportunities for all local small businesses to access a fantastic range of free workshops that can help them make their businesses more successful.

Places are limited so interested businesses are urged to visit www.horsham.gov.uk/btp to learn more and book online. The Council is also promoting participation in the West Sussex Business Hub, a new focal point for online upskilling and networking for independent businesses across the County.

Horsham District Council Leader and Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Jonathan Chowen is urging local businesses to take advantage of the programme saying:

It’s fantastic that we are able to offer free access to such a comprehensive programme of support in these challenging times and I hope that local entrepreneurs will recognise its value and sign up to take part.

The fact that these workshops are all being delivered by local business experts demonstrates just how we put our own ‘Buy Local’ strategy into action.

A participant in 2022’s programme commented:

I'm finding my feet with my business and the Council’s courses have been phenomenally helpful in shedding light on what I need to know.

Horsham District Council continues to prioritise skills development to give its small business owners the tools to adapt to change and improve their resilience. An exciting, free to access, bespoke Business Training Programme has been created responding to feedback from businesses attending 2022’s acclaimed learning sessions.

New courses start in January 2023 and will be delivered by a consortium of locally based business experts using a blend of online and in-person formats as appropriate to the topic. All of the courses will be easy to access, alongside an expanding range of local business support resources, via a new West Sussex Business Hub. Places are limited so Interested businesses are urged to find out more on their website.

Topics to be covered in 2023 include:

Business management
*Taking on an apprentice
*Recruiting via social media
*Budget setting and cash flow forecasting for small businesses
*Staff wellbeing
*The Rising Stars Programme - the first of two 7-session intensive programmes for owners of young businesses
*Planning for growth and adapting to change
*Supporting your journey to net zero.

Business marketing
*Advanced Social Media for Business Masterclass
*Introduction to Videography for small businesses
*TikTok Business Masterclass

*How to make the most of your market stall

Local produce
*Using local produce to boost your business.

For more information, visit the Business Training programme website.

For media queries please email press@horsham.gov.uk .