WEB – Women Exploring Business

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Our WEB ( Women Exploring Business ) programme of support is funded via the Welsh Government via WEFO under its Innovation Fund.

(Eligibility:To access the programme you must be female, 25+ and living in a Community First area, and Long term unemployed or Economically Inactive). The project can be delivered anywhere in South Wales.

Activities covered:

WEB  offers tailored, flexible pre-vocational training skills, activities and workshops, back to work support, specifically designed to provide a progression route to; education, skills training and qualifications, voluntary work, employment, and self-employment.  Providing individuals with the opportunity to evaluate their current circumstances and develop life skills through accredited and non-accredited workshops, further learning, volunteering opportunities, employment and self-employment.

The purpose of the project is to promote self-employment by offering a hands-on approach. But for those who are not able to or whom are not interested in self-employment to offer real opportunities to undertake learning and programmes of support that will support you to get into real employment.

Qualifications will be offered at a range of levels, up to level 4.

Courses also available under this programme include: Volunteering Learning for Employability, Developing Self-Esteem, Confidence Building, Communication Skills, Personal Well Being, Understanding Relationships, Entrepreneurship, setting up your own Business, Career progression etc. This list is on-going. Courses we will cover which will be accredited include: Administration and office work; Customer Service; Retail; Leisure industry; Community Development; Volunteering etc.

The WEB Programme

Example: Timetable of the Entrepreneurship course:

Day 1:

Meeting the team and splitting the attendances into groups of two or three based on ideas and consultation. Covering setting up your own Business, types of businesses, skills, looking at ideas, finance, grants, loans legal status, insurance, licences and Business planning. Ideas formulating and preparation, this will be the groups deciding where they want to sell their items such as local shops, internet, social media, how to know their target market. We will also have our first visit form a local Entrepreneur.

Day 2:

Each group will work on the delivery of a presentation of what service or product that they would like to make into a business. At this stage, we will also talk about partner businesses and companies of more than one person. Products. Services, pricing tactics, distribution, decision factors, promotions, media and social media, advertising. Business advice will be on hand when considering budgets, identifying stockists, unique selling points, and training on costing and pricing their products/services.

 Days 3

Making of the products, items for sale or the service that will be offered. Developing a customer service base and customer services policy.  The importance of good customer service.

Day 4 – How to manage your business: market. Looking at resources, operations, types of premises that might be needed, tenure agreements and regulations, working from home, advantages and disadvantages, equipment, supplies/materials, roles and responsibilities, staffing requirements, productivity time, systems, communications, social media, production process, health and safety, quality systems.

 Day 5: How to price your product or service, types of business costs, drawings, how to calculate your drawings, overheads, direct costs, capital costs, variables, depreciation, costing your service, cosying your product, costing retail, overview of pricing, pricing methods, cost plus pricing, manufacturing, market led pricing, differential pricing. How to manage your business finance?

 Day 6:

Selling items at location people identified, business advice will be given on the day regarding selling skills, customer care, quality control etc. How to stay in control of your business; Common Problems, keeping records, tax and personal allowance, self-assessment, NI,

Day 7: going out there and trying to sell the product or service. Sitting before a panel of Entrepreneurs who will judge the best product or service.

If you are interested in taking part please contact:

The Main Office on –  01554 752422

Tania Perkins: Project Manager – 07944 700537 – TPerkins@Threshold-Das.org.uk



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