Upcoming masterclasses from Thames Valley Business Growth Hub

Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Masterclass: Finance and Funding for Growth – 29 November 2018

This free half-day masterclass will provide you with information on a range of finance options for your business, from start-up loans and grants to equity investment, debt funding and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn how to put together a financial plan for your business, so you are ready to present to prospective investors or funders.

Ideal for pre-starts, start-ups and established businesses, this masterclass will take you through the different types and sources of funding available. You will come away with the knowledge of what is the best option for your business and how to go about it. You will also be shown a range of techniques for good financial practice to enable you to prepare your own management tools and apply for grants or loans. This workshop will help you build a financial plan and forecast for your business, which is ready to present to prospective investors and funders.

Further information
  • Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
  • Time: 9.15 am to 1 pm (refreshments included)
  • Venue: Thames Valley Science Park, The Gateway Building, 1 Collegiate Square, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9LH
  • Book now: http://ow.ly/tweg30mufSu
  • Places are free but limited, so book now to secure your space.
Masterclass on Human Resources Essentials: Managing within the law

Free half-day workshop to provide business owners and managers with a broad and practical overview of Human Resources and employment law, covering everything from employee rights, contracts, handling disciplinaries and grievances to holidays and managing absence.

Employing people can be the most rewarding, or the most frustrating part of running a business. It is essential for any business, regardless of size, to have a basic understanding of HR and employment law. Getting things wrong or ‘not knowing what you don’t know’ is not a defence in an employment tribunal and could cost you thousands of pounds as well as damaging your reputation.

This masterclass will cover the following:

  • ‘Self-employed work and employee’ – do you understand the differences, how and when you should use, the contracts that need to be issued, and the risks of getting this wrong.
  • Holidays – how to calculate and ensure compliance for part-time and zero hours employees.
  • Discrimination risks – and where they can arise – from recruitment to dismissal.
  • Managing Absence (including sickness)and what rights employees have to statutory time off for other absences (e.g. maternity, paternity, emergency dependent leave and flexible working).
  • Disciplinary and grievance – how to discipline employees and deal with grievances.
  • What the costs could be of ‘getting it wrong’ if you receive an Employment Tribunal claim.
Further information
  • Date: Thursday 17 January 2019
  • Time: 8.45am to 1pm (refreshments included)
  • Venue: Thames Valley Science Park, The Gateway Building, 1 Collegiate Square, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9LH
  • Book now: https://bit.ly/2qVxgMM
  • Places are free but limited, so book now to secure your space.