Enabling Your Business – Theory into Practice

Beta Futures is proud to announce that it has teamed up with NatWest to bring you a free event at the end of September which will focus on things to consider when starting or growing your business.

Small businesses account for over 99% of all private sector businesses in the UK[1]. After all, who wouldn’t want to be their own boss and steer their career in the direction they choose, whilst managing their work-life balance as they please? However, we understand that running your own business isn’t as easy as it may seem. A good idea paired with a bit of talent, a pinch of shrewdness and a lot of passion will propel you in the right direction. However, whether you are starting or growing your business the nitty-gritty of it can be overlooked, which can make all the difference in making a good business into an excellent, lucrative and sustainable one.

Business planning, financing, budgeting, marketing, customer care – our experts Chris and Mike are here to give their tips and advice on it all whatever stage your business may be at. Enhance your knowledge and skills, network with like-minded people and give your business a much needed favour with ‘Enabling your Business – Theory into Practice’.

Your success is our aim and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

Date and Time: 27th September 2016 5.00pm to 7pm

Address: Basepoint, Metcalf Way, Crawley, RH11 7XX

RSVP by 23rd September 2016
Christine.lyle@natwest.com 07788347095
mike@betafutures.com 01293 817229

Book by Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enabling-your-business-theory-into-practice-tickets-26699368530

 

[1] Figures are for 2015 from fsb.org.uk

Will The Apprenticeship Reform and Levy Bring You Beta Business? Our Initial Thoughts…

Apprentices have the potential to develop skills specific to the employers needs and bring with them fresh ideas, and we at Beta Futures have always advocated the advantages of hiring an apprentice and the myriad of benefits they bring with them! We believe the Levy can provide an opportunity to bring together both the theoretical and practical application of skills that businesses require, whilst creating career pathways for talented individuals.

With the Apprenticeship Levy coming into effect as of April 2017, we hope more employers will be able to see ours (and the governments) vision that an apprentice is a valuable asset to an organisation (rather than a liability which can often be the perception amongst some employers). The programme doesn’t trade quality for quantity but instead helps an organisation to develop their workforce in a simple and bureaucracy free manner!

All employers across all sectors will have access to The Levy, allowing improvement in training quality. Because hiring an apprentice is a positive step for businesses, the government has acknowledged that businesses should have control in finding and hiring a candidate, what kind of training they would like and choosing a training provider. Businesses can then pay for the apprentice training through the government funds available. Employers will get out more than they put in by having their levy payments topped up if they chose to invest more in apprenticeships and training.

A lot to take in? Not sure where to begin planning? We’re here to help! Beta Futures Consultancy can help employers create apprenticeship programmes. We tailor our services to exactly what employers want! That being internal training and development programmes specifically mapped against the national apprenticeship standards. Furthermore, we will ensure your business is taking the correct steps to be eligible for government funding.

For those employers in scope for payment of The Levy we can help maximise your return on the investment. For smaller organisations (on less than £3million payroll per year), we will consult with you on developing the skills your organisation needs -because after all, great performance doesn’t depend on size, right? It’s not just about finding you the right apprentice, but we believe in developing your business, training existing staff and breaking down barriers to growth. Recruit, retain, retrain is our mantra for Beta business!

It’s never too soon to start planning ahead. Call us and let’s start discussions today on how we can improve your workforce!

Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Walking for Health!

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club has teamed up with Crawley Wellbeing to bring you the ‘Every Step Counts’ Walking for health project!

For 12 weeks starting from the 31st of August 2016, members are welcome to the short walks across Crawley. Not only are they a great way to improve your health, but also fantastic way to meet new people; all whilst enjoying nature and the sites of stunning Crawley!

Physical activity still remains crucial to your health even when your body does not remain as energetic. The weekly walks are an easy way to incorporate a bit of simple fitness into your routine. Not only is walking a proven method to reduce the likelihood of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, but just as importantly, studies show walking and/or light exercise has a positive impact on one’s mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety and for older people in particular it can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The best part is that the walks are completely free for Club members! Becoming a Club member is also a cost-free and simple process, with just a straightforward registration form that needs completing. The Crawley Club runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 at the Civic Hall and registration for the Club can be done there before the 9.30am walks! Members will be back in time for the Club sessions, where they can enjoy a hot drink, socialise with other Club members and participate in the variety of actives that take place and listen to the host of speakers that come along!

With so much to gain and nothing to lose but a few extra pounds, we look forward to walking with you!

If you require more information or would like to register for the Club please do not hesitate to contact us on – 01293 817227.