Programme events

To take part in any of the following support/masterclasses/events you must be signed up to the business growth programme.

University of Chester

SMEs (trading less than 42 months)
We are hosting the following sessions:

Entrepreneurs and start-ups
We offer a two day ‘start-up weekend’. The first day will explore how to start a business and develop your value proposition. The second day will help you to develop a Business Model Canvas. The start-up weekends will take place on the following dates:

Reaseheath College

Reaseheath College are hosting a range of business support workshops via the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme:

New product development workshops for businesses within the food industry
These workshops are designed for anyone who already has a product design in mind and wants to learn how to reduce costs and to maximise the chance of success. 

The workshops will focus in particular on new product development for micro-SMEs (up to 50 employees) within the food sector. The workshops will give you the essential knowledge to give your business a competitive edge.

The dates for the workshops are: 

  • 9th November
  • 16th November
  • 30th November

How to sell on your terms

  • 15th November

This workshop will focus on improving your negotiation techniques and teach you how to sell effectively. It will extend your knowledge and deepen your confidence to help you deliver the perfect pitch. 

E-commerce – How to develop your online retail strategy and practice

  • 22nd November
  • 29th November

The aim of this session is to give you an understanding of online traffic generation, site mechanics, the structure of an e-commerce site and its analytics tools. The session will combine formal teaching with interactive activity to successfully develop your e-commerce knowledge.  

Innovation Showcase Event for Businesses

The aim of this session will be to showcase research work and industry commissioned projects delivered by graduates, research staff and technical specialists at Reaseheath College.

Academically recognised research opportunities include:

  •   Customer consultation studies across a range of rural sector
  •  Collaborative pilot studies and product trial work across a range of industry sectors
  •  Methodology or processes within your business to maximise performance and profitability
  •  The platform for innovation and new technologies for industry

For further information on the workshops please email:

Warrington Collegiate

Our team will work with you to access the expertise and knowledge required to help you grow your business.

Manchester Metropolitan University


Support for established businesses is delivered in ‘cohorts’ which are made up of five themed expert workshops, and growth groups with your peers, you will gain a thorough understanding of the areas most critical for creating a thriving and growing business:

  • Cohort delivery C6 – 23rd Jan and 24th Jan 2018
  • Cohort delivery C7 – 27th Feb and 28th Feb 2018
  • Cohort delivery C8 – 20th Mar and 21st Mar 2018

Pre-start ups

If  you are planning to start a business in the Cheshire and Warrington region, we’re here to offer you support every step of the way. Attend one of our pre-start workshops, where you’ll receive practical advice and business tools, followed by 1:1 coaching. 

  • 23rd and 24th October
  • 27th and 28th November