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In this edition ...
  • Save money and get more customers workshop - 19 March
  • Having problems getting paid?
  • Ethical trading
  • Scaling up your creative business
  • Hotdesking - give it a try!
  • Improving our awareness of mental health
  • Free digital and cyber skills training 
  • Free venue finding service
  • March events at Venture House
  • Local events and networking
  • Testimonial from Phil Ingle Associates

Save money and get more customers workshop

Thursday 19 March, 9.30am-12.30pm

Do you want to get more customers?
Can your product or service keep pace with an ever changing world?
Does your market change over time?
Is your product or service adaptable?
Is your pricing right?

Sales and marketing skills are essential for small business owners. This free workshop will help you:
  • Learn how to save time and money on advertising and marketing
  • Identify your customers and markets
  • Develop a coherent marketing plan for your business
  • Discover the most effective ways to promote your products and services to your customers
This workshop is being delivered by CUE Ltd through the Coventry and Warwickshire Innovative Place Test Bed project. The workshop is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Find out more and book your free space.

Having problems with getting paid?

The Small Business Commissioner is impartial, free to use on a non-risk basis and provides general advice and information to small businesses.

They can help with:
  • Resolving disputes and dealing with an upaid invoice
  • Checking contracts and getting invoices right
  • Calculating interest on a late payment
  • Signposting small businesses to existing support and dispute resolution services
Find out more at 

Ethical trading

Are you involved in international supply chains?

The Ethical Trading Initiative is working in partnership with the Government to offer smaller firms up to 80% off training courses and consultancy packages.

The ETI can support you to gain a greater understanding of human rights due diligence for businesses, identify supply chain risks and help support efforts to tackle modern slavery.

Find out more

Looking to scale up your creative business?

This two-year Creative Scale-Up Programme might be just the thing to help you grow. 

Funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this programme aims to help creative businesses in the region with support including Access to Finance, Marketing, Value and Pricing, Intellectual Property and Contract Law and Sales, Pitching and Presenting support.

The programme is looking to work with creative businesses with ambitions to grow and ‘scale up’ including screen, gaming, VR, AI, performing arts, marketing and events, PR and design businesses.

For further details contact Fiona Latter, Programme Lead, or visit the website where applications to join the programme are now open  

Not tried Hotdesking yet?

Venture House is a great place to focus on those jobs you keep putting off.
A calm & productive hotdesking space with fresh coffee and free parking.
A great opportunity to meet interesting and likeminded people.

From as little as £6.90 for 4 hours* and A FREE DAY'S TRIAL for all!

No need to book ... just pop along with your laptop and get settled in.

* Terms & Conditions apply

Improving our awareness of mental health

In February, we were delighted to have Becki Coombe from Learn2Group as our Donut Time guest speaker when she delivered a really interesting mini-talk on mental health awareness. 

Becki demonstrated in a positive way how we all need to take care of our mental health, that it is not something to be ignored and that a little kindness and care to others goes a long way!  Why not give yourself a few minutes to check out Becki's article here. 

New fully-funded digital skills training in Coventry and Warwickshire

The Centre for Digital & Cyber Skills has been launched by WCG (Warwickshire College Group) to provide employed individuals (including the self-employed) in the Coventry and Warwickshire area with fully-funded digital skills training.

With funding secured from the European Social Fund, the Centre will be offering short courses designed to improve digital skills in the workplace across a variety of sectors and roles - and at no cost to eligible businesses.

Available courses include:
•    Cyber Security Awareness (normally £55)
•    Understanding the Digital Environment (normally £70)
•    Basic Bookkeeping (normally £45)
•    Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Publisher (normally £145 each)
•    Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud (normally £275)

To take advantage of this great opportunity, visit, contact or call 0330 135 6008

Free venue finding service

Did you know that Conference Coventry & Warwickshire provides free, impartial advice and local knowledge to assist with your event or conference enquiry. They can support you with the following:
  • Venue finding service - removing the associated stress and hard work.
  • Free accommodation booking service - helping to check availability, secure allocations and negotiate prices.
  • Organising site visits - A member of the conference team can accompany your site visit, or attend on your behalf.
  • Local expertise and industry knowledge - Providing excellent local knowledge, free services and event management to suit your every requirement.
Tel 024 7697 1851
For details of all events below go to:
  • 5 Mar: Venture Co-working Club
  • 11 Mar: Donut Time Networking
  • 17 Mar: Venture Co-working Club
  • 18 Mar: Chamber Masterclass: Put your Social Media House in Order
  • 19 Mar: CUE Workshop: Save Money & Get More Customers Workshop
  • 24 Mar: New Business Start-up Masterclass: What is a Brand & How to Create One
  • 25 Mar: BusinessCLUB (£)
  • 31 Mar: Venture Co-working Club

Let us know about any forthcoming events you would like us to include in future updates.


Local Events

Camgrain Site Tour & Business Update - Wed 4 March, Camgrain Stores, nr Alderminster
Teambuilding Taster Day by Teamscape Learning - Fri 6 March, Woodside, Kenilworth
Why Clean Growth is Good for Business Event - Tues 10 March, Ramada Hotel, Coventry
Warwickshire Modern Slavery Business Pledge Conference - Thurs 12 March, IBM Warwick
Budget Seminar by Burgis & Bullock - Fri 13 March, The Riverside, Stratford
Digital Town Centre Retailers Workshop - Tues 17 March, The Arden Hotel, Stratford
Menopause in the Workplace Workshop - Tues 17 March, Cotswold Park Barns, nr Cirencester
Reducing your Organisation's Environmental Impact Event - Wed 18 March, Dunchurch Park Hotel, Rugby
Business Ready Marketing Strategy Workshop - Wed 25 March, Wellesbourne Enterprise Park
Start-up Essentials: PR & Building a Communications Strategy Workshop - Thurs 26 March, Serious Games Institute, Coventry

New Business Start-up Workshops - an ongoing programme of events across Coventry and Warwickshire

Local Networking

If you're a keen networker or are new to networking, you might like to take a look at our list of local networking groups. If you run a networking event that is not included in the list, please tell us about it and we can add your group to our list.
"Venture House provides a great venue - easy access, plenty of free parking spaces, good facilities and very friendly, helpful and responsive staff. We have used the training room for all our meetings over the last 2 years - we love it! The magic box of leads has helped us connect all our various devices to the big screen too."


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Venture House is a fresh and friendly business centre dedicated to supporting businesses, organisations, entrepreneurs and homeworkers. The Centre provides flexible and affordable office, desk and meeting space, as well as a full programme of workshops, networking events and advice to start and grow your business.

For more info call 01789 207500

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