Creative Business Startup Workshop

Date: Tuesday 11th October
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Leigh Hackspace, Unit F1, The Cotton Mill, Mather Lane, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 2PW.

Leigh Hackspace is proud to be able to offer a Business Startup Workshop aimed at those wanting to set up a creative enterprise. As with all our workshops, the 1-day course will be structured yet relaxed, and will have a practical and hands-on style.

Your friendly mountain guide for the course will be Marcus Baw, a founder of Leigh Hackspace and Director of several other companies – we will cover everything we can cram into a single day about creative businesses. The informal yet informative course will allow time for ‘hackday style’ getting on and doing it now, as well as open discussions and networking. We will also be inviting some carefully selected business-to-business (B2B) partners to answer your questions about services they provide and how they might benefit and strengthen your new business.

Please bring a laptop with you if you have one, as we will aim to get you ‘up and running’ with some parts of setting up your business right then and there, on the day.

Course fee: £165. All profits from the events go to the running of our non-profit Leigh Hackspace CIC, and therefore benefit the local creative community.

Places are strictly limited, so book now online:

Workshop Topics

  • Starting up your business
    What is my business going to do? | The concept of a ‘corporation’ | Should I be a sole trader or a Limited Company? (or something else?) | What does Limited by Guarantee / Shares mean?
  • Running an efficient company
    Email, messaging, and avoiding information overload | How to Not Get Hacked | Running projects and events | How to get ‘in the zone’ and focus

  • Social Media and Marketing
    Targeting your audience | How to get the best use out of the major social media platforms | Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN and others | When to use digital marketing, | When to use ‘traditional’ forms of marketing | When to rely on word of mouth | The Cluetrain Manifesto

  • How to run a workshop
    Running successful workshops | Running workshops at Leigh Hackspace | Advertising a workshop | The difficult issue of Pricing | Online tutorials and YouTube-ing

  • Accountancy taxation and finances
    Do I need an accountant? | What happens with tax and NI? | How should I do the books?

  • Certificates, Insurance and Legals
    Public Liability Insurance | Business Insurances | Indemnity Insurance | CRB and DBS checks |

  • Web presence
    Setting up a website | registering a domain name | getting email addresses | Security

  • Chat
    We’ll be sure to include plenty of time for coffee (or tea) chat, questions, open discussion, thought and networking

  • Venue
    The event takes place in Leigh Hackspace, one of the North West’s largest and most active creative Hackerspaces, and a darn fine space to be in! Information about Hackspace membership will be available on the day.

Leigh Hackspace's awesome period venue
Leigh Hackspace’s awesome period venue