A council has organised a week of events to help start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses across the area.
South Kesteven District Council’s Enterprise Week will take place from March 17 to 21.
A range of events including talks, workshops and networking sessions will be held in Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Grantham.
The council’s porftolio holder for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con) said the council was committed to supporting business growth and development right across the district.
“The programme for Enterprise Week 2014 is wide, far reaching and designed to help businesses at every stage of their development to benefit, grow and contribute to the local economy,” she said.
The week will be one of the biggest enterprise events ever held by the council. Talks and presentations will cover how YouTube can promote business, best use of Twitter and Facebook, as well as including tips on finance, employment, legal and marketing.
Free business advice will be available during the week on a one-to-one basis from a leading independent advisor.
Independent retailers can sign up for “retail revolution” seminars from Aimee Holland, of business development team Grow my Profit. The seminars will focus on service levels and profit.
Aimee said: “Utilising a few simple steps, I can guarantee that we can increase the profit of retail businesses.”
Most sessions cost £2.50 to attend and will take place at different times of the day.
The week’s key event will be an evening networking event organised by Total Networking at Stoke Rochford Hall on March 19.
The event will incorporate the area finals of the SK Pioneers young enterprise competition and a keynote speech from leading entrepreneur Scott Weavers-Wright, former chief executive of Kiddicare.
The SK Pioneers programme is now open to entrepreneurs or companies that have been trading for under a year. Prizes include £200 of promotional material, a year’s free website development, six months of business support and an Android tablet.
Coun Cartwright said: “We want to encourage and help new businesses across our district and this competition is a fantastic opportunity for any creative business people to turn their ideas into reality.”
The Enterprise Week programme and SK Pioneers entry forms can be found at www.skdcenterpriseweek.co.uk