Is it now over a month since the country voted in favour of “Brexit”
Although we are now experiencing a period of uncertainty and change the immediate “day to day” work of Portobello Business Centre continues unaffected by the June 23rd vote.
We are currently not working with or delivering any projects funded by the European Union. Whilst PBC has previously participated in a number of EU funded projects, there are no historic implications for our funded work.
In this respect, there is no immediate impact on PBC’s budget or staffing.
The availability and impact of future European Union funded projects during the period leading up to and beyond the triggering of Article 50 remains unclear. This may have implications to future service provision. We will continue to monitor this position.
Like many organisations Portobello Business Centre has noted the variations in London’s commercial property market and the impact Brexit has had on exchange rates. This situation is changing on a day by day basis and is again being closely monitored. There is no impact from this on how we conduct our business.
Portobello Business Centre Clients
All change brings challenges and also offers opportunities. Clients with strong business connections within the EU will clearly be concerned about recent developments. They will also be thinking about opportunities to deliver goods and services into new markets.
PBC Business Advisers are on hand to discuss and offer expertise.
Some clients may find that the reduced value of the pound provides new and exciting opportunities for exporting and a broadening basis for trade,.
The availability of loan funds for new enterprises may be of particular interest to local start up business in the near future.
Our Business Advisers are happy to assist and offer support through this process.
For PBC itself, though it is Business as Usual, we are actively seeking opportunities to develop our training and consultancy portfolios to work in partnerships and consortiums following new and innovative approaches. Like all our clients, we are always looking to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
PBC will continue to offer high quality business support and training whilst looking for opportunities to expand its service offering to clients.
To discuss any of these matters further please contact us 020 7460 5050
The “ONE” in 4 is new project being piloted by Portobello Business Centre working in partnership with The Rotary Club of Paddington. In recent years there has been significant growth, not only in the numbers of new businesses starting to trade but also in the number of people who want to set up a business with a social purpose. Both PBC and Rotary are keen supporters of business that have a strong sense of Social Responsibility and we go out of our way to encourage all business to put something back into their community. So when we came across recent statistics that showed that 1 in 4 of all new businesses starting have a social conscious too we decided we ought to do something to pitch in some resources to help them set up, survive and grow.
So the idea for The “ONE” in 4 programme was born. The “ONE” in 4 project will look to encourage, select, support and in part fund new business start ups with a social purpose, by providing advice guidance, training and development support. We are effectively enabling local businesses to put something back into the their local community. For more details click here
Crowdfunding – Understanding how to Raise Finance and test ideas using the Crowd
Duration: 90 minutes, 15 mins either side for registration and Q&A
Companies are traditionally funded through equity, debt and occasionally through grants. Crowd funding is an alternative form of funding that is growing in popularity as it becomes more widely understood.
Robert Foster will explore the pros and cons of crowd funding, how it works, and what is it best suited to. Case studies and examples, both successful and unsuccessful, are used throughout this interactive introductory workshop.
Areas of Expertise: Strategic planning; social enterprise and trading options; impact and evaluation; marketing and marketing communications; tendering, commissioning and procurement; project management
Background: Robert spent several years in the commercial sector working for big and small companies, local outfits and multi-nationals. He set up and ran his own commercial organisation and then decided there must be more to life and business than “this”.
Now Robert enjoys being nosey and opinionated in the social sector. Being able to get to know people, organisations and problems and then helping to sort things out keeps him young.
He advises and consults with local authorities, infrastructure bodies, and third sector and social enterprises to help them achieve their aims.
His clients like: His ability to understand, simplify and solve their problems.
COST – NO CHARGE. We look forward to seeing you there.
Portobello Business Centre run events/talks on a monthly basis. If you would like to attend or find out how you or your company could get involved, please contact Portobello Business Centre 020 7460 5050 or email email@example.com
If you are thinking of starting your own business, this is the perfect introduction to business fundamentals and financial planning. The course will give you the tools you need before you start to trade.
The next 3-day Business Start Up Course will be commencing on Tuesday 13th September 2016, and will run on the following days with a 1 hour break for lunch:-
Tuesday 13th September 2016 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 20th September 2016 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 21st September 2016 10am – 4pm
To be held at:- PORTOBELLO BUSINESS CENTRE 6 Canalside House 383 Ladbroke Grove London W10 5AA
COST OF COURSE £120. You may be eligible for a discount if you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (proof of address will be required). IF YOU LIVE IN RBKC, PLEASE CONTACT JENNI BEFORE BOOKING TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT CODE.
Please click this link for more info and to book your place on the SEPT COURSE – UPDATE 18/8/2016 – This course is now fully booked. We are now taking bookings for November. Please click link to the left “Business Start Up Course”.