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Velocity Workshops

Velocity is here to help you get the most out of networking with other businesses and to provide cutting-edge information and guidance on a range of growth themes. See below for further details of our range of FREE events.

Use the links provided to book a place or alternatively call us on 0300 01234 35. These workshops are available to small to medium sized B2B businesses in the South East Midlands. These workshops are part funded through ERDF.

Please note that eligibility criteria does apply.

To be able to attend these workshops your business needs to be based in one of the following areas.

  • Aylesbury Vale
  • Bedford
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Cherwell
  • Corby
  • Daventry
  • East Northamptonshire
  • Kettering
  • Luton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Northampton
  • South Northamptonshire
  • Wellingborough
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Book NowRecruitment and Selection – Developing Skills
Venue: Novotel
Address: Saxon Street, Heelands, Milton Keynes, MK13 7RA
Date & Time: Wednesday, 21 June 2017; 09:30 – 16:30
Please register by: 19th June 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description: Recruitment decisions can have a lasting impact on the future success of a company’s performance, get it right and success is contagious. Get it wrong and the repercussions can be seen for many years not to mention the costs and impact of poor hiring decisions. This workshop will show you how to plan and deliver great recruitment campaigns. It will help you to acquire practical skills to use in attracting and selecting your new employees and have the confidence to put them into practice.

Who should attend
Owners, managers and HR staff who have had experience of recruitment before but would like to improve their chances of getting the best candidate for the job.

What you will learn

  • Identify the requirement of the role to be filled
  • Create great attraction strategies
  • Identify the best selection techniques and how to use them effectively
  • Plan for and conduct great interviews
  • Design effective induction programmes

Please note that eligibility criteria applied to attend this workshop and only one delegate per business can attend

Lunch will be provided.

Book NowIntroduction to Recruitment – Right First Time
Venue: Basepoint Luton -Innovation Centre and Business Base
Address: 110 Butterfield, Great Marlings, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8DL
Date & Time: Tuesday, 27th June 2017; 09:30 – 12:30
Please register by: Friday, 23rd June 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description: The recruitment process can be a challenge for many companies. Getting it right can be difficult, especially if you haven’t recruited before or recruitment doesn’t happy very often. This workshop will make you aware of what you need to do as a first time employer or help to brush up on your recruitment skills. This session will give you the confidence to start the recruitment process.

Who Should Attend
Owners or managers who are looking to recruit their first member of staff, or who haven’t recruited for a while and need refreshing.

What you will learn

  • First time employer obligations
  • Defining the role
  • The best recruitment and selection techniques
  • Avoiding the pitfalls
  • Contracts of employment
  • Starting off on the right foot – induction and training

Please note that eligibility criteria is applied to attend this workshop and only one delegate per business can attend.

Book NowRecruitment and Selection – Developing Skills
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson Northampton
Address: Silver Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 2TA
Date & Time: Tuesday, 04 July 2017; 09:30 – 16:30
Please register by: 30th June 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description: Recruitment decisions can have a lasting impact on the future success of a company’s performance, get it right and success is contagious. Get it wrong and the repercussions can be seen for many years not to mention the costs and impact of poor hiring decisions. This workshop will show you how to plan and deliver great recruitment campaigns. It will help you to acquire practical skills to use in attracting and selecting your new employees and have the confidence to put them into practice.

Who should attend
Owners, managers and HR staff who have had experience of recruitment before but would like to improve their chances of getting the best candidate for the job.

What you will learn

  • Identify the requirement of the role to be filled
  • Create great attraction strategies
  • Identify the best selection techniques and how to use them effectively
  • Plan for and conduct great interviews
  • Design effective induction programmes

Please note that eligibility criteria applied to attend this workshop and only one delegate per business can attend

Lunch will be provided.

Book NowMarketing Made Easy – Fully Booked
Venue: iCon Environmental Innovation Centre
Address: Eastern Way Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 0QB
Date & Time: Monday, 10th July 2017; 09:30 – 12:30
Please register by: Friday, 07th July 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description:

Please note eligibility criteria applies to attend

Marketing is a powerful tool to help you grow your business. However it can also take up time and money with little effect if it is not utilised correctly. This workshop will provide straightforward guidance to improve your success from marketing.

Who should attend
Owners and managers who want to understand how best to market their business and create a marketing strategy.

What will you learn
• Marketing the importance and impact on SMEs
• How to create a marketing strategy
• Ideas of how to implement a marketing strategy into your business

Book NowIntroduction to Project Management (Using Prince2 Methodology)
Venue: Cranfield University Technology Park
Address: University Way, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT.
Date & Time: Friday, 7th July 2017; 09:00 – 12:30
Please register by: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description:

Project Management methodology can be applied to any type of project in any industry – whatever the scale, complexity, geography or culture; whether the project is part of a programme or is being managed as a “stand-alone” project. This workshop will give you an introduction to project management, using Prince2 methodology and help you understand how you can adopt and tailor the project management methodology in your organisation.

Who should attend

Owners and managers who are looking for an introduction to the skills and processes needed to organise projects effectively and efficiently.

What you will learn

•             Overview of what is project management

•             What needs to be controlled on projects

•             Key principles of project management

•             Key processes

•             Roles and responsibilities

•             Why project fail

•             How to write a business case

Please note that eligibility criteria applies to attend this workshop and only one delegate per company can attend.

Book NowIntroduction to Recruitment – Right First Time
Venue:Cranfield University Technology Park
Address: University Way Cranfield Bedfordshire MK43 0BT
Date & Time: Monday, 17th July 2017; 09:30 – 12:30
Please register by: Friday, 14th July 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description:

The recruitment process can be a challenge for many companies. Getting it right can be difficult, especially if you haven’t recruited before or recruitment doesn’t happy very often. This workshop will make you aware of what you need to do as a first time employer or help to brush up on your recruitment skills. This session will give you the confidence to start the recruitment process.

Who Should Attend

Owners or managers who are looking to recruit their first member of staff, or who haven’t recruited for a while and need refreshing.

What you will learn

  • First time employer obligations
  • Defining the role
  • The best recruitment and selection techniques
  • Avoiding the pitfalls
  • Contracts of employment
  • Starting off on the right foot – induction and training

Please note that eligibility criteria is applied to attend this workshop and only one delegate per business can attend.

Book NowMarketing Made Easy
Venue: Cherwell District Council
Address: Bodicote House White Post Road Bodicote Banbury Oxfordshire OX15 4AA
Date & Time: Thurdsday, 13th July 2017; 13:00 – 16:00
Please register by: Monday 10th July 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description:

Please note eligibility criteria applies to attend

Marketing is a powerful tool to help you grow your business. However it can also take up time and money with little effect if it is not utilised correctly. This workshop will provide straightforward guidance to improve your success from marketing.

Who should attend
Owners and managers who want to understand how best to market their business and create a marketing strategy.

What will you learn
• Marketing the importance and impact on SMEs
• How to create a marketing strategy
• Ideas of how to implement a marketing strategy into your business

Cherwell District Council is kindly providing the refreshments for us.

Book NowAn Introduction to Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace
Venue:Cranfield University Technology Park
Address: University Way Cranfield Bedfordshire MK43 0BT
Date & Time: Tuesday, 18th July 2017; 09:30 – 11:30
Please register by: Friday, 14th July 2017
Cost: £0.00

Description:

1 in 4 working age adults suffer with mental health issues ever year. Last year alone cost the economy £105.2 Billion and 80% of Managers want to help staff but don’t know how. This workshop delivered in conjunction with Blue Lobster Therapy will show you how to spot the early signs of mental health and stress issues in your employees and equip your business with tools to deal with mental ill health in the workplace.
Who should attend?
Owners, Line Mangers and HR Managers who are looking for strategies for managing and coping with mental health in the workplace.
What you will learn.

  • Understanding different types of illnesses
  • Knowing how to assess and signpost staff
  • Spot the signs early of mental health & stress issues.
  • Provide yourself, HR Managers & Line Managers with the tools to deal with mental ill health
  • Early intervention to prevent problems from impacting the business.
  • Reducing Absenteeism & Sickness costs.
  • Reducing the stigma around mental health
  • Promote a positive & productive working environment.

Innovation for Growth

Venue: The University of Northampton Innovation Centre
Address: Green Street, Northampton, NN1 1SY
Date & Time: Wednesday, 11th October 2017, 09:30-16:00
Cost: £0.00

Description:

The Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with the Velocity Growth Hub is organising a one day workshop to help you explore new ways to innovate and grow your business to its potential.

Are you a start-up or an established small to medium sized business (SME) based in Northamptonshire?

Do you have an ambition to …Grow?

Develop new products or services?

Improve existing processes or investigate new market opportunities?

YES! Then this free one day workshop can help you.

This day promises to be informative and inspiring, you will walk away with tried and tested tools you need to improve your business model and grow your business to its potential.

Our trainers will guide you through a Business Model Canvas, a visual strategic management tool that will help you to map, discuss, design and invent new business models by defining your business activities on one page. On completion, your bespoke canvas will identify opportunities for growth and help you to respond to changing market conditions.

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Workshop Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

You may only attend this workshop FREE of charge if your business is;

  • based in the South East Midlands.
  • a small to medium sized business (with under 250 staff)
  • have been actively trading for at least 12 months
  • be trading with customers who are other businesses, not retail or to consumers
  • be trading in certain business sectors

 

Grant Aid Declaration

The workshop is funded and administered by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). EC Regulation 1998/2006 (the “de minimis aid regulation”) details a ceiling of 200,000 euros for all de minimis aid provided over a period of three fiscal years, including the fiscal year in which the grant is to be given. Your attendance at this workshop will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other grant aid, regardless of the source of that aid; for this purpose, the gross grant equivalent of each workshop is £400.00.

Non-Attendance

If you book on our workshops and fail to attend on two occasions without letting is know, we reserve the right to refuse to accept future bookings from your business in the future.

Further Information

For further information about these workshops, or if you have any accessibility requirements, please contact Velocity on 0300 01234 35 or email us on enquiries@VelocityGrowthHub.com