Starting a High Street Business

In this 3-hour workshop we will look at the things you need to consider if you are looking at setting up a retail business to sell direct to the public.

  • Date 15th November, 2018
  • Time 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Venue Whitechapel Enterprise Hub, Ground Floor, 206 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1AA

Event Description

In this 3-hour workshop we will look at the things you need to consider if you are looking at setting up a retail business to sell direct to the public. Whether that is a bricks and mortar shop or simply a market stall there are many challenges to making your enterprise successful. Insight gained from the content of the workshop will give you the confidence to overcome these challenges and grow your business into a sustainable and profitable entity.

Topics covered:

  • Finding an outlet
  • What Should I Sell?
  • Attracting Customers
  • Increasing Sales
  • Being in Control of your Cash
  • Multi-Platform Sales Channels
  • Legalities and Compliance
  • Scaling Up

About the facilitator:

Stuart Balmer has been working as a freelance business adviser for the last 5 years with the NWES group.

Graduating From Kingston University in 1991 with a BA(Hons) in 3D design (Interiors) he worked with architectural practises on commercial retail design before starting an independent fashion label Hunters & Gatherers with his partner in 1992 where he was responsible for brand management among other duties. This operated successfully for over 20 years until sold in 2014. The label was stocked in over 100 boutiques across the world and worn by celebrities of the day including Victoria Beckham, Cat Deeley , Billy Piper and Gerri Halliwell. They had their own retail outlets in Kensington High Street and Carnaby Street.

This workshop is part of the Enterprising High Streets programme funded by JP Morgan Chase. To be eligible you need to be a resident or run a business in Newham, Hackney or Tower Hamlets and be looking to start or already run a high street business. 

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