Friday, 26 August 2011

Business support and funding from ILF Venture

With our first Interiors & Lifestyle Futures Venture delegates successfully embedded, we are offering 15 people the opportunity to apply for the next and final phase of the programme.

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.

Application deadline
15 September 2011 - interviews will be held on 26 and 27 September.

Percy Emmett leading a workshop for ILF Venture

Participants get
•£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

Workshops include
Compulsory five day workshop 3-7 October 2011: Vision and Values/Business Modelling tools ie evidence/relationship/blueprint
•Finances in business
•Intellectual property/Law
•Marketing/Social Media
•Presentation and negotiation skills/Networking techniques
•Finding customers/Selling and sales

One to one sessions
•Finance and accounting
•Selling techniques
•Monthly business planning meeting
•Evaluation meeting

Applications forms from . 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.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Instant Guides to social media. Part 2: Facebook

Many companies use Facebook as a business supporting tool. Nadia Thompson from Bioteams has created a guide that helps you quickly set up your own Facebook for business page. She's included some useful hints and flags up some of the pitfalls. Just click here to get started.

And, if you haven't already taken a look, don't forget the post below for Nadia's Instant Guide to LinkedIn.