Free business workshops in Southend to offer parents of children under 4 and expectant parents a better start

A Better Start Southend (ABSS) Work Skills, in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and enterprise agency Nwes, is hosting free business skills workshops every Thursday morning in September. This is to inspire parents and prospective parents in the town to start their own business.

The free Intro2Enterprise workshops will take place at Centre Place Children’s Centre on the Kursaal Estate, covering the basics of running a business, how to access finance, the essentials of marketing, and how to gain and retain customers. There will also be a start-up marketplace, where attendees can talk to organisations, business owners and specialists about a variety of issues, including Trading Standards, tax, legal models, employing people, and insurance.

The ABSS Work Skills Programme  operates in the six council Wards of Shoeburyness, West Shoebury, Victoria, Kursaal, Milton and Westborough, with the central objective of the Programme being the transformation of the first years of life for children and families, and to change the way they engage with the services available in Southend

The Work Skills programme has previously held several successful events offering parents in the area new opportunities, including learning about the benefits of paid employment and life in the hotel and hospitality industry, in partnership with Holiday Inn Southend. There have also been a number of industry visits that have taken place, including to the luxury restaurant Bourgee, and the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, which have resulted in actual jobs for parents.

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“The ABSS Work Skills Intro2Enterprise workshops are purposefully designed to encourage, inspire, and build confidence in parents who wish to start up their own business. Attendees have the chance to open the door to opportunity and put their ideas into practice. It is a real chance for them to turn their skills, talent and passion into a viable business.” 

Amir Girnary, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Amir Girnary, Skills Project Officer with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Work Skills Programme says:

“The ABSS Work Skills Intro2Enterprise workshops are purposefully designed to encourage, inspire, and build confidence in parents who wish to start up their own business. Attendees have the chance to open the door to opportunity and put their ideas into practice. It is a real chance for them to turn their skills, talent and passion into a viable business.”

Delivered by Nwes, England’s largest not-for-profit enterprise agency, the workshops will draw upon their wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Already with a strong presence in the county, Nwes have welcomed the opportunity to reach out to parents in Southend.

Gillian Austen, Area Manager says:

“Southend is a hotbed of ideas and innovation, and Nwes is delighted to be delivering these workshops specifically for parents of young children.”

“We support hundreds of people throughout our region each year, and many of these are parents who wish to improve their career and earning potential to make a better life for their family. The Intro2Enterprise workshops are a fantastic opportunity for parents in Southend to be inspired to make that change.”

The free Intro2Enterprise workshops will be held weekly every Thursday morning throughout September, and although it is not essential to attend all four sessions, it is designed as a complete course.

To find out more and to book your free place, please email your name and telephone number to economicd@southend.gov.uk, telephone 01702 212743, or visit http://abetterstartsouthend.co.uk/events/


A Better Start Southend (ABSS) Work Skills

A Better Start Southend is a 10-year research and development programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund aimed at giving Southend’s children the best possible start in life. We are bringing parents, carers and professionals together to develop services for young children and their families, because we believe we will only be successful if we work with the people who understand Southend’s children best.

Find out more at www.abetterstartsouthend.co.uk

More information https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/betterstart

 

 

 

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