Idea Store Business
Looking for business information? Starting up a small business? Changing your career?
Find the answers with Idea Store Business online services, available free to Idea Store members.
10 Steps to Business Start-up
Tuesday 26 September, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Dwain Reid, owner of a six figure childcare and wealth management business, will take you through some practical steps involved in getting your business started, including registering your company or buying a domain name. You will also learn how to choose a good name for your business and cope with major hurdles when running a small business.
You will leave this workshop with 10 actionable goals that will get your business off to a flying start. Come along if you have an idea, if you've recently started or you just want to make sure you are getting it right.
Idea Store Whitechapel
How to get Public Funding for your Business
Tuesday 31 October, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Public funding can help your business undertake specific projects. Grants and tax incentives are particularly valuable to smaller businesses, as they are sources of finance that don’t need to be repaid and don’t dilute business equity.
In this talk David Farbey, a Senior Technical Consultant for tax and grant specialists from Myriad Associates looks at some government funded sources of grant finance for business projects and at various HMRC initiatives that can reduce a company’s Corporation Tax bill.
Idea Store Whitechapel
Mobile Marketing for the Small Business
Tuesday 28 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm
It's official - we in the UK have reached a mobile tipping point. The average consumer now spends close to 2.5 hours a day browsing on their smartphones. One of their favourite activities is searching for local products and services before making a decision to buy. Imagine the marketing potential of that! How would your business like to gain a share of their attention on their smartphones?
This talk is designed to help small businesses understand and harness the potential of mobile and reach out more effectively to potential customers so that they can achieve the maximum benefit of mobile marketing.
Idea Store Whitechapel
How COBRA can help you
COBRA offers easy to understand and comprehensive factsheets and guides for anyone thinking about starting a small business or working in one.
The 'Business Opportunity Profiles' are ideal for the job seeker and for interview preparation, with detailed information on qualifications and skills, market and trading issues and useful contacts. The 'Business Information Factsheets' and 'Business Legal Library' cover trading issues such as raising and managing finance, marketing and trading abroad and trading legally.
How to use COBRA
COBRA is easy to use with a simple search and a keyword search. Factsheets and guides can be viewed as a text file or downloaded as a PDF.
COBRA can be accessed at your local Idea Store library or from home or work.
eBooks - free to download for Idea Store library members
Idea Store Learning Courses
Business Planning - Beginners
Run Your Own Small Business - Beginners
HM Revenue & Customs Guidance and Support
Take a look at HM Revenue and Customs guidance and support to help people in business get their tax affairs right. Unlike traditional classroom learning, you can access this modern, simplistic education at a time convenient to you, either from the comfort of your own home or on the move. You won’t have the stress of worrying about running late or finding a parking space - you can access all this information at your fingertips from the internet at home, at work or anywhere and you can revisit this learning as many times as you need. HMRC’s aim is to build your confidence on tax matters by providing easily accessible support in a variety of different formats. Look below now to find one that suits you.
HMRC have some fantastic e-learning products for people starting in business. 'Starting Your Own Business' covers everything you need to know about starting and running a business. You can work through this at your own pace and dip in and out to suit your own needs. Thousands of businesses have already used these and found they are a great way of learning.
HMRC run a wide variety of webinars (online presentations) which will help you get things right for your business from the start. Webinars last less than an hour and you can either choose between a prerecorded webinar available at any time or a live and interactive webinar where you also get the opportunity to ask questions. One of HMRC’s most popular webinars is ‘Record Keeping for the Self-Employed’.
Sign up for HMRC’s free email service. Receive a series of tax related emails at specific times to let you know what you need to do to keep your tax affairs in order. These emails remind you when you need to submit your tax returns, make payments to HMRC and what records you need to keep.
Sign up to the free email service
Record Keeping Mobile Apps
There are a range of Smart phone Record Keeping Apps supplied by third parties to help you run your business. Take a look at what’s available
Tax Help Fact Sheets
Have a look at HMRC’s Tax Help Fact Sheets. They cover a range of subjects such as Self-Assessment, Expenses and Allowances for the Self-Employed, Employing someone for the first time, VAT and Limited Companies to name a few. Take a look to see what’s available.
If you are looking for ‘bite-sized- chunks of information on a range of tax matters, why not access HMRC’s YouTube channel. There are numerous YouTube clips to help you, some lasting for less than one minute!