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500 People Complete MENTA’s ‘Start Right’ Business Training

500 People Complete MENTA’s ‘Start Right’ Business Training

 

 

 

 This support enables people to prepare and gain business skills, knowledge and information to give their new enterprise every chance of success.

 

 

 

So far, 500 delegates have completed MENTA’s Start Right programme of three, four hour, fun and friendly workshops which cover subjects such as business planning, marketing, book keeping and self-assessment.

 

 

 

A total of 270 people have started their businesses across the two counties in the last three years as a result of MENTA’s Start Right support.

 

 

 

Jo Garden who manages Start Right commented, “It’s great to see the ambition and entrepreneurial ideas delegates have and to see them become confident in their abilities to launch their business.”

 

 

 

“At MENTA we continue to support new start-ups as they become more established. They meet up at our monthly networking events, Coffee Means Business attend business masterclasses and seminars and tap into further business advice as they expand and grow, helping the local economy prosper.”

 

 

 

One Start Right MENTA client is Adam Steggles who set up his Refined Blinds showroom near Bury St Edmunds in 2018 after 19 years’ experience in the window blind industry. He attended MENTA’s three, free, four-hour sessions and said,I found the Start Right workshops to be invaluable for my new business, despite my initial reluctance to attend ‘courses’. My scepticism was completely unfounded however, the tutors were friendly, informative and continue to be a source of knowledge and support. The workshops opened my eyes and thoughts to areas I hadn't considered, as well as furthering and refining the ideas I had already conceived and was putting into practice.”

 

 

 

Adam Steggles set up his Refined Blinds showroom near Bury St Edmunds in 2018 after 19 years’ experience in the window blind industry. He attended MENTA’s three, free, four-hour sessions and said,I found the Start Right workshops to be invaluable for my new business, despite my initial reluctance to attend ‘courses’. My scepticism was completely unfounded however, the tutors were friendly, informative and continue to be a source of knowledge and support. The workshops opened my eyes and thoughts to areas I hadn't considered, as well as furthering and refining the ideas I had already conceived and was putting into practice.”

 

Adam commented, “I set up Refined Blinds to provide a friendly, no pressure approach (to blind buying). We pride ourselves on attention to detail and the one to one personal service we provide.”

 

The Start Right Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and MENTA’s expert trainers hold regular training sessions in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Beccles in Suffolk; and Norwich, Dereham and North Walsham in Norfolk.  To attend the three, free, fully funded workshops you must live in Norfolk or Suffolk, and be thinking of starting a business or have done so in the last 12 months.

 

 

 

For full details go to MENTA’s website www.menta.org.uk or call 01284 760206.

 

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Since 1984 MENTA has helped more than 35,000 entrepreneurs with their business.

Our mission is to support people grow their businesses, encourage expansion, growth and employment to ensure the continued thriving prosperity of the Eastern Region

How can MENTA support you?

One-to-one advice

Confidential business advice is available on a one to one basis and we also provide a mentoring service. This is an opportunity to help you establish the way forward and plan your next move.

Business skills masterclasses, bespoke training and start-up, Start Right workshops

Affordable, cost effective masterclasses to help you to focus on specific needs.  These will give you the tools to improve your performance and grow your business and include subjects such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google My Business, Instagram, Presentation Skills, Smartphone Video for Business, Selling Skills and Understanding Accounts.

Bespoke,training sessions can be arranged, tailored for your business and staff requirements.

Free start-up, Start Right workshops for pre startups and businesses under 12 months old are available for enterprises based in Suffolk or Norfolk. Fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (and unaffected by Brexit).

Networking opportunities...

Meet others - both through our networking events – Coffee Means Business – held in Woodbridge, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill and via our conferences. We also hold the MENTA Business Show in October each year at The Apex Bury St Edmunds..