Is your business based in Hackney? Apply Now!
Would you like to grow your business but don’t know where to start? Or are you struggling to find the time to run your business as well as plan for its future?
Would you like to find experts to help you – but don’t have the budget to pay for consultants or advisors?
If any of this sounds like you, we’re here to help with our free Allia Serious Impact Grow Your Business Programme; exclusively for local businesses in East London and launching now in Hackney!
Where do I sign up?
The next Grow your Business Programme starts in Hackney in November. Applications are now open. Click below to apply!
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This FREE 3 month programme helps you to get more customers and grow your business in a variety of ways. Along with other local businesses, you’ll have mentors to guide you through the programme of workshops and classes. These mentors are also at your disposal for private 1-2-1 advice & follow-on sessions – still 100% free of charge!
Who’s it for?
Anyone running a business locally that wants to grow! You could be running a café or bar, a bakery or corner shop, or a local garage, roofing company or manufacturing business!
What are the workshops about?
Our workshops are designed to cover a huge spread of topics! In fact, anything and everything you need to run and grow a successful small business – until it’s not so small! This includes help with:
- Making sure your service delights your customers! (Product Stuff!)
- Hiring and looking after great employees (Team Stuff!)
- Deciding what paths to take in the future (Strategy Stuff!)
- Growing a real local presence (Community Stuff!)
- Organising yourself to do business better (Operational Stuff!)
- Getting the word out – and the customers in! (Marketing Stuff!)
- Understanding the money involved in your business & what opportunities might be available to you (Finance Stuff!)
With all of our workshops, we aim to give you real advice that can make a difference – and that you can put straight to work for your business! This includes take-home resources and plenty of follow on advice if you want it.
Why do I need this?
Think of this as an investment. As your business grows and becomes successful, it benefits you, your family and your communities.
When does it start and end?
We start in November and run through to February – pausing for most of December because we know it’s a particularly busy time for many business owners.
Because we know you’re busy, the programme is built to fit around your working day – with workshops on Tuesday and Thursday nights for 1-2 hours and individual sessions with mentors arranged to fit around you.
This gives you the time to plan where to take your business next without distracting you from its day-to-day running.
Where do I need to go?
Allia’s Future Business Centre in Hackney – it’s walking distance from Hackney Central, and a stone’s throw from London Fields overground station.
What do I need to bring?
Just your enthusiasm and passion. The sessions are relaxed and informal and we’ll provide anything you might need.
Why is this free? What’s the catch?
There is such a thing as a free lunch! Our support is 100% free and there are no strings attached. We do this because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, working alongside some wonderful partners.
We recognise that local businesses are at the core of communities. They need to be successful, so that they’re in a better position to serve their local community – creating jobs and opportunities for local people along the way!
What happens next?
Once you’ve completed the application form above (making sure to reach out if you need any help!), we’ll be getting back to everyone – inviting you in for a chat, if we feel we can help through the programme, or discussing other possibilities and resources if we’re not best placed at the moment! Remember, even if it’s not the best fit now, there may be possibilities in future!
Who is Allia?
Allia opened its Future Business Centre East London in Hackney in 2017. We are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses that create jobs in East London for East Londoners. We are headquartered in Cambridge and have been helping impact businesses around the UK since 1999.
Where do I sign up?
The next Grow your Business programme starts in Hackney in November. Applications are now open, apply below: