Business Start-Up Day

Looking to start a business but don’t know where to begin?

About this Event

Registration: 9.00am

Start: 9.30am

Rather than a traditional workshop format this event will be run as a business start-up hackathon. This includes a mix of content and skills development designed to support new entrepreneurs to identify and trouble shoot issues as they design and start their business.

The day is intended to be intensive and highly productive, it is a supportive environment with lots of built-in peer-to-peer support.

During the day you will engage in innovation and structured action learning with your peers and experts with a view to rapidly accelerating problem solving.

Being an entrepreneur is hard work and requires real resilience. This event will help with developing your resilience so that you can build a stronger business. It is intentionally challenging, although there will be lots of support available.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Action Learning
  • Risk mediation
  • Getting going
  • How to use experts, support and peer networks to start a business

Do I need to bring or prepare anything for the workshop?

Each participating entrepreneur will need to come to the day with a list of the 5 key risks that they think their business faces. These should be as specific as possible (for example, “I am worried about sales” is too general but “I need to sell to the automotive sector and want to start to build connections there” is nice and specific.

You will also need to bring a pen, notebook and a willingness to learn. We will ask for some details about your business upon registration to the workshop – this will help us in tailoring content to your needs.

Introduction to your Workshop Provider

Ruby Star Associates help businesses, social enterprises and charities of all shapes and sizes grow, build accountable teams, generate more income, and innovate. We help leaders free up their time, surround themselves with brilliance and focus on the stuff that really matters. We are all about enterprise, entrepreneurship and making a massive difference.

Simon Calderbank, the Ruby Star Associate delivering this Workshop, is an expert in behavioural psychology, elite performance development and developing growth mind-set. He is an experienced facilitator, trainer and coach.


These workshops are for beneficiaries of the Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme – if you are not yet registered to the fully-funded programme you can still register for a ticket and you will be contacted by our team to check your eligibility. For any queries please email or call 01244 512 655. Please also contact us if the event is fully-booked and you’d like to be added to the waitlist.

To be eligible to apply for support from the ERDF-funded Cheshire & Warrington Business Growth Programme you must be:

  • Small – your new business must be an SME. An SME has under 250 staff, turnover of £45 million and any ownership by a wider commercial group is below 25%. You may also be a pre-start business.
  • Local – your business address (registered or trading) is within the Cheshire East, the Cheshire West and Chester, or the Warrington council areas.


Light refreshments (tea, coffee, water, biscuits) will be provided throughout the workshop.


There will be parking available at the Warrington campus.

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The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is a consortium of North West based partners set up to deliver business growth activities across priority sectors from 2016-2023.

With a £3.85m investment of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) matched by investment by the three partner Institutions, this innovative programme brings together three key business support providers across Cheshire and Warrington to offer businesses access to a variety of services.

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