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.