This six-month intensive mentoring and development initiative is open to people planning a new interiors and lifestyle business in the West Midlands. It includes an award of £1,000 and will run from this October until March 2012. You mustn’t be trading the business yet and you’ll need to get your application in by 15 September.
“We are looking to help the best talent from the West Midlands start their own companies in the interiors and lifestyle sectors,” says Wendy Jones, from ILF Venture. “They get six months of expert mentoring and development workshops that really focus ideas and sharpen business skills.
15 September 2011 - interviews will be held on 26 and 27 September.
Percy Emmett leading a workshop for ILF Venture
•£1,000 awarded on setting up a business
•Access to office space at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design’s Enterprise Hub
•Up to 18 hours one to one support from coaches and mentors
•Access to events and the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures business network
•Compulsory five day workshop 3-7 October 2011: Vision and Values/Business Modelling tools ie evidence/relationship/blueprint
•Finances in business
•Presentation and negotiation skills/Networking techniques
•Finding customers/Selling and sales
One to one sessions
•Finance and accounting
•Monthly business planning meeting
Applications forms from firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information phone Wendy Jones on 0121 331 7925 or Iain Acton on 0121 331 7922.
Jane White and Jade Debenham at the recent five day ILF Venture workshop
Qualifying interiors and lifestyle products and services
•furniture, lighting, heating, commercial art, tableware, garden products, kitchen products, fashion and clothing, jewellery and decorative giftware, technical products, disability products for the home, etc.
•interior design, graphic and brand design, packaging design, product design services.
ILF Venture is part of Interiors & Lifestyle Futures’ extensive portfolio of funded activity. This programme is run by Interiors & Lifestyle Futures and NTI Birmingham and uses NESTA-accredited trainers. It is funded by Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund.