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Easton & Otley College students advised by FSB on how to start in business

Easton & Otley College invited the FSB to provide students on its floristry course with a day of advice sessions on how to start-up and run a business.

The sessions were led by FSB Business Creation Advisers Elsa Caleb and Chris Allen, who guided attendees through some of issues that entrepreneurs must take into account if they wanted to establish their own firms. 

Elsa spoke about the need to consider different business structures and how to ensure that the skills of everyone involved were effectively utilised. The importance of careful research and the development of business plans were also detailed. 

In an interactive session, during the afternoon, students were asked to put some of these learnings into practice and to consider how they might set about starting up their own businesses. They were particularly interested in the power of social media as a tool for marketing, and the types of funding that might be available.  

Meanwhile, Norfolk Membership Adviser Diane Burgess explained how the needs outlined by Elsa and Chris were met through the FSB’s membership packages.

The discussion focused particularly on the Business Creation package, which includes benefits specifically aimed at start-ups. 

Students from the college’s floristry course will, as they did in 2016, also be joining the FSB’s team at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show to create buttonholes for the members and guests who visit the marquee. 

FSB Development Manager Andrew Mower, who attended the event, said that the students had shown a real enthusiasm for gaining a better understanding of the challenge of running a small business. 

He also confirmed that the regional FSB team would seek to continue to build relationships with local colleges and universities over the months ahead. 

For further details on FSB membership categories please visit www.fsb.org.uk