Redbridge community groups excited about the practical business seminar on 21 April

Enterprising Redbridge has been launched and first seminar bookings are open

Sophia Hubs is in a partnership 9 month project with Redbridge CVS to give practical help in business skills to Redbridge voluntary and community groups.  It’s called Enterprising Redbridge.

Being entrepreneurial without losing your soul!  The launch took place on Wednesday 6 April at the Redbridge CVS networking event and Graham Gardiner of Aspiren spoke of the business skills and creative thinking that has helped community groups in other areas of the Country to be more sustainable, more entrepreneurial without losing their soul, less reliant on funding.

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Lots to talk about after the Enterprising Redbridge presentation!

Over 20 community groups took part and here’s some of the challenges they are facing: need of committee members/need of volunteers, being tied to funding objectives, not enough resources with reduced funding, being part of the local community, duplicating work of other community groups, working out in-kind exchanges, how to scale up and develop, finding speakers..

Here’s some of the solutions that have worked for others: do a skills audit of your staff and volunteers to see what their skills are and develop them, involve your volunteers and users to give feedback and come up with ideas, sharing resources with other groups, invest in a crm database so that you can properly track and engage with your users and volunteers,  trade skills, start using a business canvas to develop and test new ideas (see below)..

Here’s what’s happening on 21st Aprilthe first business seminar, to be held at the Marjorie Collins Centre.  There will be a very practical hands-on session on the business canvas model. All the groups attending will be given a 4 foot x 3 foot ‘business canvas’ to work on with post-its and that can be taken away as a resource. A business canvas is a one-page business overview that is very flexible and change easily be tested, changed, adapted.

If you want to come, you must register on the Enterprising Redbridge website.


 

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