Stage 2 – In my first year of trading

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How to build on what happens once you’ve started trading

About this stage

Many businesses don’t survive for more than a year or so – trees too, if they didn’t Start-Up Right. Trees die simply because they were planted in the wrong place and then not cared for in the right way.  Equally, businesses fail because the initial focus was wrong or because they didn’t adapt to the feedback they receive from potential customers – they just kept going even though it wasn’t working too well. Those businesses that do survive have normally made some changes to what they originally set out to do, but there’s always scope to do even better.

The consolidation period in the first year of trading is crucial.  If you’re ambitious and want your business to not only survive but also to grow and prosper you need to make sure that you learn and adapt quickly during this period – that isn’t always easy to do without a little help.

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We offer a wide range of business skills workshop in all sorts of subjects to help you during the early stages of adapting and building your business. Click here to see our forthcoming events. We regularly add new ones, so don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter so that you receive details.


We realise it can feel daunting but it really is NEVER too early to start attending networking events – even if you just have only recently launched and don’t feel you have a “polished proposition” yet, they’re a great place to get feedback, test the waters and get inspiration from others who’ve taken the plunge. Our monthly networking events will help you meet other people in the same boat as you and help you become part of our amazing and supportive local business community. Our events also include education business advice talks too, so that you’ll always come away with ideas and inspiration.  Click here for more details.


It can be helpful to have some help or advice at this early stage as you test out ideas, products and services to see which will help you build a successful business that is right for you. We can provide you with the framework to not only fully understand what you have learnt so far, but also to make the best choices for moving forward based on this knowledge.  We’ll help you do this in a structured way so that you can move onto the next stage of your business with confidence and a clear plan.  Click here for more information about our 1-2-1 coaching

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