Getting down to business with Business Sheffield

When you’re running a new business, advice from a friendly face or an hour in supportive, like-minded company can feel like a lifeline. Since the spring, Business Sheffield’s been developing their new hub at Electric Works so that Sheffield entrepreneurs can have just that. With their growing number of in-person courses, new business owners can get invaluable support from experienced business experts and grow their networks of fellow businesses across the city.

Business Sheffield is always evolving its service to meet what’s needed in Sheffield right now. This Autumn, they’re launching two new strands of support for startups.

Start-up Power Hours

Thinking of starting a new business? Want to take your side-hustle full time? Making your dream a reality alongside your day-to-day takes a toll on your schedule – you need to learn the basics and set your direction fast!

Business Sheffield’s Start-up Power Hours are intensive sessions to supercharge you with everything you need to know to start your business. Led by experienced business advisor Alan Ball, they cover everything from registering your business and deciding on your legal structure to finding your premises and attracting customers.

You’ll get a chance to have your burning questions answered, and the opportunity to book a one-to-one with Alan for tailored support with your next steps.

The next round of Startup Power Hours starts on 11 September.

The Power Hour startup workshop was a game-changer.

“In just an hour, Alan shared practical advice on starting a business, covering everything from ideas to getting funds, marketing and so much more. It was like a shot of useful entrepreneurial tips.

“The best part? It was made simple. Just clear guidance. By the end, I felt ready to start my own business. I recommend it to anyone who wants quick, practical startup help. It’s like a shortcut to getting started on the right foot.”

Linda Mirembe Nakimbugwe, aspiring entrepreneur in Alternative Therapies


Following a successful series of tech startup workshops, Chris Wheater and Morgan Killick are launching Business Sheffield’s TechForge Accelerator.

Designed for early-stage tech-centred businesses, this sleek six-session programme will fast-track your journey from side hustle to startup. As well as guidance from experienced tech entrepreneurs Chris and Morgan, you’ll tap into the expertise of guest founders and join the TechForge Founders Network, plugging into the local ecosystem and investment world.

You’ll finish the programme with strong foundations for your startup, from a practical understanding of how to build your prototype to strategies for attracting investment, bringing in revenue and accessing the rich network of support our region has to offer.

The next round of the programme starts on 13 September.

I recently had the privilege of attending a series of five tech startup workshops, and I can’t emphasise enough how invaluable the experience was!

“What stood out the most was the expertise of the presenters and their ability to distil complex concepts into practical, actionable advice. I’m grateful for the knowledge gained, the connections made, and the inspiration received.”

Alan Hunt, Software Engineer

To register your interest in either of these programmes or find out what else is going on, visits Business Sheffield online

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