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16 Apr
AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
09:30 - 9 Jul 16:00 St Helens Chamber

Get all the skills you need for a successful career in the finance industry with our AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.

The qualification:

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the necessary skills in bookkeeping needed for most finance roles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks in two mandatory units. 

Students completing this qualification will develop the underpinning skills required in all accountancy and finance roles. They will use bookkeeping skills to confidently perform accounting transactions and understand how to process financial information in accordance with set procedures and schedules

This qualification is suitable for those already working in finance, those returning to work after a break or those wishing to change career. The qualification is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. It also offers progression for students who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT.

Course structure:

Bookkeeping Transactions

  • Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
  • Process customer transactions
  • Process supplier transactions
  • Process receipts and payments
  • Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance

Bookkeeping Controls

  • Understand payment methods
  • Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Use control accounts
  • Use the journal
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

Assessment method:

Students must successfully complete two unit assessments to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%. 

On successful completion of the course learners will achieve the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.

For further information about this course contact Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email

20 Apr
Empowering Small Business Recovery
09:15 - 11:00 Remote Event

St Helens Chamber is pleased to present an exclusive virtual roundtable event being held in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce and Cisco. The event will focus on Empowering Small Business Recovery.

Many small businesses have been moving to remote work by necessity, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. In fact, having employees work from home has multiple benefits. It can reduce operating costs such as rental office space, travel, and commuting expenses, and make it easier to get and retain top talent who prefer workplace flexibility.

Over the last decade, working from home has become more prevalent with 56 percent of companies allowing remote work. A recent study projects that by 2028, 73 percent of all teams will have remote workers. Security is critical with 43% of cyber-attacks being aimed at small businesses.

The event will discuss how your business has been impacted over the past months and how you are recovering. Join us for advice and education on combatting these challenges and  ensuring you secure your remote workforce.

This event is exclusive to St Helens Chamber Members and suitable for businesses employing between 5 and 250 employees.

This is an online event so registration is essential.

20 Apr
Manual Handling
Members: £80.00 + VAT
Non-members: £130.00 + VAT
09:30 - 16:30 St Helens Chamber

This one day course is designed to give you a better
understanding of manual handling techniques and the
legislation surrounding them.

The training is designed to ensure that you are given the maximum possible practical training relevant to your role in the workplace.

This course is nationally accredited at Level 2 and a certificate is included.

21 Apr
LinkedIn For Professionals
Members: £65.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:30 - 13:00 St Helens Chamber

Most professionals have a LinkedIn profile, but do not use it effectively. It’s just like having a pack of business cards, locking them in a filing cabinet and throwing away the key

• Size and reach of LinkedIn
• Why professionals should use LinkedIn
• Why first impressions count (picture, name)
• How to get value in your headline
• What LinkedIn activity gets you noticed
• How to request recommendations
• How to manage endorsements
• What to put in your background summary
• How to use the search facility to find useful contacts
• The profiles of the participants on the course are used to illustrate these points

22 Apr
Microsoft Office Essentials
09:30 - 28 Apr 16:00 Clickworks

Are you interested in developing your digital knowledge and skills?

This course will provide you with updated skills and abilities needed to build on existing knowledge, motivate further learning, and improve your employability in a wide range of fields and industries.

To complete this course you will need to have some working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.

This course is delivered over 5 full days at our Clickworks building. Times are 9.30am-4.00pm.


Microsoft Word

Most employers expect employees to have Microsoft Word skills, and it's probably the most universally-consumed programme in businesses around the globe. Microsoft Office Essentials will help you understand and brush up on your word processing skills, so that you can develop skills and confidence you need to progress in your work and personal life. You will cover:

  • Using a software application designed for formatting, editing and production of largely text-based documents.
  • Creating mail merged documents
  • Paragraph and font formatting
  • Using tables and graphs

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is perhaps the most important computer spreadsheets programme used in the workplace today. As a result, many employers expect employees to have a working knowledge of the software. Learning how to use Microsoft Excel can improve your employment options, as well as improving your productivity by learning the best shortcuts and formulae to use in different situations. You will cover:

  • Creating spreadsheets
  • Data entry
  • Text and number formats
  • Editing cells
  • Basic data analysis skills through sorting and filtering

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most widely used presentation software in the world. The software is designed to help people to create a clean, visually engaging and information-rich presentation. On the Microsoft Office Essentials course you will learn skills and knowledge to operate and develop your own presentation through Microsoft PowerPoint. You will cover:

  • How to create slides
  • Using text boxes, shapes, images and drawing tools
  • How to create excellent transitions and animations
  • How to make a presentation flow using charts, graphs and tables

Improving Productivity Using IT

Computer software systems are all around us, and we use them a lot. knowing which systems to use for various tasks can help you work more effectively. This course can help you understand different IT tools, and provide a quick refresher on software you may not have used for a long time. You will cover:

  • Choosing the appropriate IT systems and software to meet requirements.
  • Using IT systems and software efficiently to complete planned tasks.
  • Reviewing the selection and use of IT tools to make sure that tasks are completed.

On successful completion of the course learners will achieve the City & Guilds Level 1 Award for IT User.

For further information about this course contact Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email

22 Apr
Member 2 Member Networking
14:00 - 15:20 Remote Event

April sees the start of a new networking event, designed to bring businesses together and promote Member to Member trading.

Do you offer a product of service you would like to promote to your fellow members? Perhaps you offer a discount or special incentive for fellow members to show your commitment to doing business locally and make your company stand out from the crowd? Well this is your opportunity to shout about it!

At the event Members will be invited to give a brief, 90 second introduction to their business and services and highlight their offer to the local business community. You will also have the opportunity to display a one page promotional document on screen during your pitch to really get your message across.  (NB. All documents must be submitted to the Chamber prior to the event.)

 Attendee details will be shared after the event to enable positive follow up conversations.

Non-Members are welcome to attend this event as observers.

This event will be held on Zoom so booking is essential
26 Apr
Introduction to Digital Marketing
09:30 - 30 Apr 16:00 Distance Learning

This course has been designed to give you an overview of current digital marketing techniques. Digital marketing is used in a wide variety of sectors, and many job roles now have responsibility for promoting a business not just the advertising and marketing department. You will gain an insight into marketing trends and develop your skills that are highly sought after by many employers.

To complete this course you should have previous experience of using computers and a good understanding of areas such as file management and internet browsing. 


This course will cover the following areas:

  • Digital Marketing Principles – the role of digital marketing
  • Digital Marketing Platforms – How different digital marketing platforms can be used to promote products and services
  • Social Media Marketing – How social media used to promote products and services
  • Search Engine Marketing – SEO and Paid Search marketing
  • The Effects of Digital Marketing – How to evaluate the effects of digital marketing
  • Website Best-Practice – How to create your own website and improve its performance

For further information about this course contact Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email

29 Apr
Using Excel
09:30 - 16:30 Clickworks

Training your employees on how to use Microsoft Excel can improve your business options, as well as improving productivity, by learning the best short-cuts and formulae to use in different situations. Microsoft Excel can help your business when managing human resources, performance reporting, and operations management, by allowing staff to store information, analyse and report.

The course will cover:

• Creating spreadsheets

• Data entry

• Text and number formats

• Basic mathematical functions

• Editing cells

• Basic data analysis skills through sorting and filtering

• Using formulae to analyse data

• Making your spreadsheet secure 

Thanks to funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget we are pleased to be able to offer this course at a reduced cost.

For more information or to reserve your place call 01744 742091 or email

03 May
LGBT+ Awareness
Members: £65.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:30 - 13:00 St Helens Chamber

This session will provide a brief overview of LGBT+ and key rights that have been awarded.

Delegates will cover:
• Discrimination faced by individuals who self-identify in this area
• The rights of LGBT+ people under UK Law
• How to make your place of work/behaviour LGBT+ friendly and the benefits this brings for you and those you work with
• Gaining an understanding of LGBT+ terminology

05 May
Win more Business from your Website
Members: £65.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:30 - 13:00 Remote Session

Getting potential customers to your website can be expensive. Whether your business uses SEO, Pay Per Click ads, leaflet drops or print advertising, bringing customers to your door costs money.

If your website isn’t converting visitors into customers, then a significant portion of your advertising spend will be wasted.

During this course we will identify some of the main reasons why visitors leave websites and our top tips to ensure your website converts as many visitors as possible. Delegates will leave with a clear knowledge of how to evaluate, test and analyse their website along with how website users interact with their site.

By understanding these key principles, attendees will be armed with the knowledge that will see them able to make alterations to their website, analyse and test increased levels of conversions and ultimately end up with a website that has a higher conversion rate than the standard 1-2%. 

Thank you for your enquiry. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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