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Wandsworth Enterprise Week returns in March!

Wandsworth Enterprise Week returns in March!

| by Tooting Newsie | Posted in News, Business & Finance, Events

Tooting and Wandsworth businesses can get help to start up and grow with a week of talks, advice sessions, networking opportunities, workshops and events.

Business people and entrepreneurs can book their place now on the fifth annual Wandsworth Enterprise Week from March 5th – 10th. Organised by the council’s Economic Development Office, the event aims to help the borough’s business sector thrive. 

Highlights of the week include:

Step up your start up with Virgin StartUpMonday 5th March, 10am to 1pm, Wandsworth Civic Suite

Join this interactive workshop by Ian Mason from Virgin StartUp, and gain the knowledge and insight you need to kick-start your business – from initial idea and action plans all the way to sustainable success.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the value your business brings.
  • How to build a coherent brand before telling the world about it.
  • How to sell like a pro – develop your sales methods and learn the practical steps to move your business forward.

Women’s Enterprise Day – Wednesday 7th March, 9am – 4.30pm, Central London Golf Centre

Three dynamic, female entrepreneurs, Neomi Bennett (Neo Innovations), Hilary Rowland (Boom Cycle) and Carrie Swift (Love Public Speaking) reveal how their 9-to-5 jobs inspired them to start their own businesses. Learn the secrets of their success, find out how they juggled setting up a business with their day job and family life, and hear about the challenges and triumphs they experienced along the way.

In a live interview with Kate Bassett from Management Today, Thomasina Miers, winner of BBC MasterChef in 2005, Wahaca founder and Guardian Food writer,  reveals how she turned her passion for cooking into a business.

Workshops: How to be a great leader by Virgin Startup and Building entrepreneurial confidence and pitching your business by Love Public Speaking. There’ll also be a fun golfing session on the driving range.

  • Early bird (no golf) £10.  
  • Standard Ticket (no golf) £15
  • With golf £20.

Ticket includes Breakfast pastries, tea/coffee/lunch and a glass of wine. To book, visit 


How to boost your retail business: 70 Priceless Tips and Tricks for Retail & Leisure Businesses – Wednesday 7th March, 6pm to 8pm, The Antelope

If you run a High Street facing business and want to increase footfall, increase average spend and get repeat custom, then this event is for you! This workshop by retail sales and marketing consultant Corin Birchall, of Kerching Retail, is jam-packed with 70 top tips and tricks guaranteed to get your till ringing.

Corin will cover everything from the physical aspects of placement, product and promotion, through to human aspects of what we do as business owners.

Topics include:

  • Visibility in the market
  • Signage and window displays that stop traffic
  • Layout that increases average spend
  • Utilising hotspots to steer decisions
  • Using pricing strategy to increase margin
  • Driving loyalty and repeat purchase
  • Stimulating the senses with music, scent, touch and taste to trigger impulse spend
  • Pushing up average spend

To book, visit:

The Wandsworth Business Forum – Thursday 8th March, 6pm-9.30pm, The Clapham Grand

The borough’s biggest networking event, where a panel of business experts will be Navigating Brexit for small firms, followed by a talk on how to motivate and inspire your team.

As Brexit negotiations move into a critical phase, find out; What steps you can take to protect your company; which industries will be most affected, and who are the possible winners and losers?

The panel discussion will be chaired by Rebecca Burn-Callander, business journalist and author of The Telegraph‘s guide to Brexit and includes business experts; Martin McTague, National Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses and Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise, ICAEW.

The guest speaker will Marco Reick, People Director at LEON Restaurants. LEON is renowned for being unique in its approach to culture, employee well-being and focusing on the entrepreneurial mind-set. Marco will discuss how by adapting this approach, small business owners can motivate employees to boost productivity in times of uncertainty.

Earlybird Tickets £10; standard £15. To book, visit 

The Food Exchange at New Covent Garden Market will sponsor food enterprise events and Battersea Arts Centre will sponsor sessions for the creative sector. Other organisations taking part include Google Digital Garage, the Prince’s Trust, Newable, Business Launchpad, the Design Trust, the Intellectual Property Office, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

Wandsworth’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said: “Our business community is the lifeblood of the borough and we’re keen to help establish businesses thrive and encourage new start-ups. Wandsworth Enterprise Week has events for all types of businesses, including our thriving food and digital sectors. Most events are completely free, so make the most of the advice and expertise on offer.”

Ian Mason, Head of Development at Virgin StartUp, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Wandsworth Borough Council to support the delivery of Wandsworth Enterprise Week 2018.  We’re excited to meet local residents, hear their ideas and help to grow them into sustainable businesses and strongly encourage everyone interested in starting or growing a business to come along and find out how to make it happen!”

Wandsworth Enterprise Week takes place between March 5-10 at venues across the borough and the majority of events are free. Numbers are limited so must be booked in advance. Priority will be given to Wandsworth businesses and residents.

To find out more about any of these events, or to book your place, visit or email

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