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Help for Ukrainian residents thinking about starting a business

Published: 10 November 2022

 Ukrainian residents who left their war-torn country and were welcomed to Worcester earlier this year, are being offered help to set up their own businesses.

Worcester City Council, in partnership with the Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) at The Hive, are organising a series of workshops on how to set up and run a business in this country.

The workshops will give an overview of the legal requirements for running a business, financial management, selling and marketing and renting commercial premises.Attendees will also have chance to find out about the range of help available, including the five-day Enterprising Worcestershire business start-up course.

The first workshop takes place on Wednesday 16 November between 2pm and 4pm and will give an introduction to setting up a business in the UK.

The workshop will be presented by Peter Daniels of Rock Solid (Worcester) Consulting Ltd, an experienced business adviser and coach.Vertis Accounting will be available to answer questions on finance and staff from the BIPC will also give an overview of the business support resources available at the Hive.

The following workshop on Monday 21 November between 10am and 12pm, will be run by Perrigo Consultants and will cover business finances and taxation.

At a final workshop on Wednesday 30 November between 10am and 1pm, attendees will learn about using social media from Online Media Works and Jason Clines, commercial partner at local property agents Fisher German, will talk about what is involved in renting commercial premises.Representatives from business support providers will give an overview of the help available.

All workshops take place at the Hive library and a Ukrainian translator will be present.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chair of Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development Committee, said: "We are pleased to be working with the BIPC at the Hive to organise these workshops to offer support for our new Ukrainian residents who are thinking about starting a business in Worcester. We'd like to thank all the local businesses who are giving their time free of charge to help us to do this."

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said "The workshop for our new Ukrainian residents is a fantastic addition to the range of services provided by Worcestershire libraries.

The partnership between Worcester City Council and BIPC has made it easier for Ukrainian residents thinking of starting a business or wanting to take their business to the next level, to get the help they need. BIPC Worcestershire breaks down barriers for people who have a bright idea for a business but no idea where to start."

Anyone interested in attending will need to book via the events page on the BIPC website further information contact the Economic Development Team at Worcester City Council, either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01905 722106. 

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