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In this edition ...
  • 10 Tips for Better Video
  • Using Instagram for your Business Workshop - 25 Feb
  • 50% off Meeting Room Hire
  • Property for Growth
  • The Family Network Business Expo - 3 Feb
  • Culture and Tourism Skills Training
  • Let's Get Organised,,,
  • Micro Business Show - 25 Feb
  • Festival of Learning Awards
  • February events at Venture House
  • Local events and networking
  • Kerry Williams, Church Street Tastings

10 Tips for Better Video

We all know that to market our businesses we need to stand out. And video is one of the best ways to grab people’s attention online.

But many videos posted by businesses online are poor. So why not take five minutes to check out a few quick video-making tips in our latest blog, written by the talented and renowned cake fiend Charlie Budd, aka The Tall Photographer.

Using Instagram for your Business Workshop

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 10am - 1pm

This three-hour workshop is perfect for anyone who is just starting out on Instagram or has been using the platform for a little while but is looking for tips on getting the best from it.

What will be covered?
  • How to optimise your Instagram business account
  • A step-by-step process of posting to Instagram
  • Making the most of hashtags
  • Creating an Instagram identity for your business
  • Getting the best from Instagram Stories
  • Great content ideas
  • Instagram scheduling tools
To find out more and book your place.


We are offering a fantastic 50% discount to all new clients on
your first meeting room booking at Venture House.

So if you've got a meeting, workshop, interviews or presentation to organise and haven't seen our facilities yet, give us a call on 01789 207500 to arrange a viewing.

Further offer details here.

Property for Growth

Are you planning to expand or move premises?

The Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub’s resident planning specialist is on hand to provide free and independent advice on issues related to planning, expansion, property and construction. They’ll help take the guesswork out of the process, open up regional property databases you may not have seen before, and provide support throughout.

Further details.
You are invited to pop along to

The Family Network Business Expo and networking event

Monday 3 February, 11am-3pm
The DoubleTree by Hilton, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Free entry and parking.

Culture and tourism sector receives training and education funding

The Centre for Culture & Tourism Skills has been set up by Warwickshire College Group to help those employed in the culture and tourism sectors advance their skills. This training would normally come with a cost, but thanks to European Social Fund funding they are able to offer it for free.

Areas covered are:
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Finance and bookkeeping
  • Marketing
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership and management
  • Customer service
  • IT ... and more
To find a full list of courses and to check eligibility visit or call 0330 135 6008 or email

Let's get organised...

Is a better organised home office the key to improving your productivity?

Do you find it difficult to sit at your desk when you're at home as unopened envelopes and out of date files are taking over your workspace?  Perhaps you car has become an extension of your office. This chaotic way of working can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unable to give your business the appropriate attention.

The impact of this disorganisation is often financial — interest or fees are being incurred, or money is being left on the table as invoices remain unprocessed. 

Decluttering and organising your office might seem like a tedious and time-consuming task, but your home office is a reflection of you and your business. Check out this useful Small Business Saturday blog to help you put a simple system in place for managing paperwork, so you can lay your hands on documents quickly, be current on your priorities and clearly focus on goals.

Festival of Learning 2020 Awards

The Festival of Learning is a celebration of lifelong learning in England which aims to highlight its benefits and encourage more people to take part in education initiatives.

The 2020 Awards celebrate the many benefits learning can have for everyone, and recognise individuals, tutors, employers and projects who have used learning to change their lives and the lives of others.

Nominations are open for the awards until 12pm on 11 February 2020.
For details of all events below go to:
  • 6 Feb: Venture Co-working Club
  • 11 Feb:  ICT Masterclass - Email Marketing that Works
  • 12 Feb: Donut Time Networking
  • 13 Feb: New Business Start-up Workshop - Winning & Keeping Customers
  • 18 Feb: Venture Co-working Club
  • 21 Feb: Digital Advertising for Small Businesses Workshop
  • 25 Feb: Using Instagram for Business Workshop
  • 26 Feb: BusinessCLUB
  • 27 Feb: New Business Start-up Workshop - Business Planning

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


Local Events

Life Coaching Peer Support Group - from 31 January, Lifeways Centre, Stratford
Driving Footfall to Town Centre Retailers Workshop 2 - Tues 4 February, Arden Hotel, Stratford
StartUp Essentials: Investibility - Make your business investment ready! - Thurs 6 February, Serious Games Institute, Coventry
Avoiding Data Privacy Nightmares Course (HR Dept/Risk Evolves) - Tues 11 February, Camden House, Kenilworth
Commonwealth Trade Expo, Thurs 13 February, Aston University
Gemini Dress Event in aid of GAGA UK - Thurs 13 February, Doubletree by Hilton, Stratford
Commercial Academy Day 2020 - Tues 18 February, Coventry Conferences, Coventry
Understanding Export & Export Documentation Workshop, Thurs 20 February, Chamber Training, Coventry
Energy Opportunities for West Midlands Industry - Tues 25 February, Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham
Menopause in the Workplace Workshop - Tues 17 March, Cotswold Park Barns, nr Cirencester

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.
"Starting your own business is daunting & costly. Working from home can be helpful but not always productive so I was so pleased to learn about Venture House. The team are so supportive & helpful. The facilities are superb & the flexibility of hot-desking & the Venture Co-working Club is ideal for anyone starting out or running a business on their own. The New Business Start-Up course was one of the many inspirational & truly helpful courses I have attended here. I can't recommend Venture House highly enough, from anyone starting up to those looking for more permanent office space." 


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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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